They say about1,300 bookstores closed last year and 6,400 have disappeared since 1995. Most big stores are not in much better shape, this is a result of a bubble in the book retailing business.
Bookstores also face tough competition from discount stores selling remaindered or almost-new books, from online bookstores, public libraries and ``manga cafes,\'\' where customers can browse among current manga comic.
I think we have now run this same story from the US, Ireland, England, and now Japan.
Here\'s A Nifty One from Business 2.0 on a cool machine that takes a digital file, from which it can print, bind, and trim a book of any size in a matter of minutes. It\'s about the size of an industrial photocopier, and uses regular paper.
Instant, cheap books!
\"Book binding has always been a black art,\" says Marsh. \"If you put those processes into automotive plants, the whole industry would die. They\'re dangerous, and they can\'t be replicated reliably. I mean, you got people sticking their hands under moving blades.\"
From The Times (UK), Elizabeth Judge writes...
\"WOMEN characters in children’s storybooks fit 1940s stereotypes, being meek, gentle, ineffectual, rarely employed, and wholly dependent on their men, an American study has concluded.
The only feisty women with roles that extend beyond baking cakes or washing clothes are evil, usually witches, the researchers say.
One of the worst offenders was the Harry Potter series, in which two of the most admired female characters exhibit nurturing, humble, emotional traits. “Mrs Weasley and Harry’s mother are known for their feminine traits, where family and children come first,” said Claire Etaugh, from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, who led the research. “Only one of Harry’s friends, Hermione, is tomboyish, clever and smart and able to get the boys out of scrapes.” [more...]
Maybe everyone should go on a toxic mold seeking expedition. The discovery of some moldy books in the Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School Library in Pennsylvania, led the librarian to uncover the fact that much of their collection was outdated and needed to be discarded anyway. [more...] from The Mercury.
\"The Guinness Book of Records, the benchmark reference of the world\'s feats and sporting facts, has been sold to a new owner for about R5 billion.\" Geez. I wonder if they\'ll change the name? [more...]
Ryan Carter (not That Ryan) writes: \"USA Today article on the goings-on of YA books that deal with the same stuffs as do teens--violence and sexuality and stares, oh my! Mentions some good titles and their authors, touches on the importance of YA in public libraries, gets some blurbs from YA luminaries.
Also a ditty on the speedy disapparation of Tolkien books from library and bookstore shelves months before the movie opens.
This one comes by way of The Fairfax Journal. Ken Follet\'s book \"Pillars of the Earth\" has been banned from Fairfax libraries serving kids below the tenth grade because it contains \"graphic descriptions of sex and violence.\" Sounds kind of like the evening news or MTV to me.
Cooler than wheresgeorge.com, memepool pointed me to bookcrossing.com.
The \"3 Rs\" of BookCrossing.com, Read a good book, Register it, then Release it for someone else to read. tregoweth does it again!
\"You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? BookCrossing.com gives you a simple way to share your books with the world, and follow their paths forever more.\"
Bookscan, a unit of VNU of the Netherlands that tracks the music industry\'s retail sales, has finally turned a corner in it\'s 4 year effort to build a better best sellers list. They are trying to build a list that is based on sales information collected at the cash registers of bookstores nationwide. They have reached an agreement to pay the Borders Group for sales data from its Borders and Waldenbooks stores, they already had Barnes & Noble, Costco Wholesale, and Target.
Bookscan will most likely challenge established best-seller lists which are basically bought and manipulated. Now we should actually know what books are the true Best Sellers!
Full Story from The NYTimes