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John Mesjak is the founder and editor of the book blog my3books.com , and an independent sales rep with Abraham Associates in the Midwest . He’s a graduate of Marquette University. He lives in Sycamore, IL with his wife and daughter. As a former independent bookseller, current sales rep for independent publishers, and now a scrappy book blogger, he would offer you this advice: If you want to discover the next great book that you’ll love, ask a bookseller. Don’t wait for an algorithm to generate a link to a book it thinks you should buy.

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It's Okay to Be Ambidextrous, but Don't Let Either Hand Do All the Work: on Jaron Lanier and Book Buying

Posted September 21, 2010 | 19:42:19 (EST)

Jaron Lanier (author of You Are Not A Gadget) wrote this past Sunday in the New York Times Magazine about technology and education, while touching briefly on the pains of letting algorithms choose your music, and even defining what your musical tastes might be.

It...

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"The Market Is Even Bigger Than We Thought." Maybe.

Posted July 30, 2010 | 08:30:08 (EST)

In today's PWxyz post about Kindle 3 being announced, the Amazon VP of Kindle Content (ie, the guy who holds the publishers' hands) was quoted:

"The market is even bigger than we thought," said Russ Grandinetti, VP of Kindle Content, about the size of the e-reader audience. He...
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Going Paperless: Five Apps and Services for the iPad That Can Help Publishers Work Smarter

Posted April 30, 2010 | 16:17:04 (EST)

I bought an iPad. Anybody who has worked with me will not be surprised to hear this. Clinically speaking, I could probably be diagnosed with a near-fatal Stage III case of Apple Fanboy Syndrome. But this time, I didn't just whip out the personal credit card and order blindly. I...

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Overshadowed But Still Awesome: Indie Booksellers Shine A Light On Four Great Reads

Posted November 11, 2009 | 15:07:07 (EST)

We're just two weeks away from Thanksgiving, and from a bookseller's perspective, we're also two weeks away from an even more important day: Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when all of America seems to lose their mind and spends the day engaged in a marathon shopping binge searching for...

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Books That Can Help Our Children Find a Path Through a Scary World (And Maybe Make Things a Little Better)

Posted October 29, 2009 | 15:00:20 (EST)

It won't come as a surprise to any of you grownups out there, but we're living in a pretty scary world. From H1N1, global terrorism, our soldiers posted around the world, droughts, obesity, hurricanes and global warming, we're in kind of a pickle.

If you've got children, you're probably...

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"I Didn't Like That Book": How Booksellers Earn Your Trust By Un-Selling Books

Posted October 21, 2009 | 10:10:07 (EST)

Although I'm now spending some of my time as a book blogger here at the Huffington Post and at my3books, my actual day job is an independent sales rep for a diverse bunch of small to medium-sized independent publishers.

I put the emphasis on "independent" because we are...

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