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The New York Times Gets It Wrong

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Praveen Madan

Our view is that Beatrice and Virgil is a beautifully written, unconventional and intriguing book that should be read and discussed broadly. It would be a real shame for readers to summarily dismiss this book because it disappointed a few critics.

Are Picture Books Dying? Publishers And Authors Make Impassioned Plea To Booksellers

Publishers Weekly | Judith Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

What can booksellers and a coalition of publishing folks do? Geist is looking to create a grassroots movement....

Independent Bookstores In UK Share Survival Tips

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

They face increasing competition, but as Independent Booksellers Week begins, there is room for optimism, says Alison Flood...

Summer Reading: Indie Booksellers Pick 15 Great New Beach Reads (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Lists of the best summer beach reads abound at this time of year and independent booksellers are some of the most trustworthy sources when it comes to...

Will Pajama Parties and Snail Races Save UK Indie Booksellers?

The Bookseller | Victoria Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Snail racing, pyjama parties and cookie decorating are just some of the events taking place in bookshops across the country next week to celebrate Ind...

Washington's Politics And Prose: Another Independent Bookseller Up For Sale

The Washington Post | Michael Rosenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Politics and Prose, the iconic independent bookstore on Connecticut Avenue NW that has held on against withering competition from Barnes & Noble, Amaz...

Boston's Independent Bookstores Aren't Dead Yet!

The Boston Globe | Alex Beam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

These stories do not always end badly. Two years ago, Kramer found motivated buyers for his Harvard Square bookstore: Jeff Mayersohn and his wife, Lin...

Amazon Tries For Online Bookselling Monopoly In Europe

MobyLives | Dennis Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Independent Online Booksellers Association has issued a public letter to the EU and fair trade offices in Germany, the UK, France and elsewhere co...

Summer Reading: Independent Booksellers Share Their Top Picks For Summer Reading

NPR | Sam Wasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This summer's rays of literary sunshine come from 15 authors whose topics range from loaves of bread to small-town life in the Texas Hill Country. The...

Amazon 'Bullying' Small Booksellers, | Mike Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

INTERNET giant Amazon has been referred to the Office of Fair Trading amid accusations by Scottish booksellers that it is "bullying" them out of busin...

BookExpo America (BEA) Begins Today: What To Expect From The Publishing Industry's Annual Conference

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The conference -- known to those who attend as BEA -- has been contracting in recent years. Tough times in the publishing industry led event organizer...

Barack Obama Visits Iowa Bookstore From Health Care Speech

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Associated Press) — After mentioning an Iowa City bookstore in his health care speech Thursday, President Barack Obama stuck his he...

eBooks Have Resurrected the Printed Book

Jennifer Havenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Havenner

What does a printed book have that eBooks don't? Permanence. The role of the printed book is still critical, if not for the publishing industry, but for the human race.

Dallas Gets Picture Book Boutique Just For Kids

Dallas Morning News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

You've got to love a bookstore that doesn't even bother with that silly grown-up stuff. The Story Book House, a picture-book boutique that will have i...

Ann Patchett On Her Love For A Little Bookstore In Petoskey, Michigan

The New York Times | Ann Patchett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When I walked into the bookstore of this dreamy little town, at that moment, all the other bookstores I've known in my life fell away. Julie Norcross ...

California Bookstore Acres Of Books Site To Become Art Center

Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When Acres of Books, the legendary used and rare book shop that for seventy-four years provided Southern California book lovers and literati with a pl...

Indies Choice Book Award Finalists Announced

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The ABA (American Booksellers Association) announced the finalists for the Indies Choice Book Awards on Monday, which are chosen by any and all indepe...

The Independent Bookstore: Cherished, But Too Quickly Vanishing

Ellen Sterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ellen Sterling

The other night I attended the monthly meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group. The speaker at the meeting was Debra Belkoff. Her expertise is in book ...

10 Books 10 Countries: The Best Translated Books of 2009

David Del Vecchio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Del Vecchio

Here in the United States, we seem to be conversing mostly with ourselves, with only 3 percent of what's published coming from other languages and cultures. Americans are missing out on a lot.

San Francisco's African American Exodus May Cause Indie Bookstore To Close

The Wall Street Journal | By BOBBY WHITE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

San Francisco's Marcus Books has long been a gathering place for African-American authors such as Maya Angelou. But last year, manager Blanche Richard...

Equator Books in Venice Closes

LAist | Lindsay William | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Venice's Equator Books has been a welcoming independent option for book lovers on Abbot Kinney for over five years, but now they have announced that t...

City Lights Becomes a Waxworks

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gerald Sindell

Busy as the store was, cashiers had nothing to do but chat with each other and answer the occasional reference question. City Lights had become a free browsing service for Amazon.

Ode to My Neighborhood Bookstore

Jane Isay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jane Isay

I live on 96th Street and Madison Ave. in New York City. I often take a walk down one side of Madison, and up the other. The anchor of my walk is The Corner Bookstore, which is on 93rd Street.

Evolve or Die: Why Reinvent Independent Bookstores?

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Praveen Madan

We believe that independent bookstores can have a great future and we are betting our careers on it.

Chicago Bookstore Doing Things Differently

Publishers Weekly | Claire Kirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Considering that in 1967 Don Barliant bought a four-year-old Chicago bookstore largely to provide some "diversion" from his day job as a practicing at...