November 26, 2014

Roundup: 3 Independent Bookstores File Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon, Big 6 Publishers Over Use of DRM

Here’s a media roundup with direct links to some of the coverage of the lawsuit that was first reported yesterday. We’ve also embedded the full text of the complaint filed on February 15, 2013 (Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York) at the bottom of this post. The class-action lawsuit was filed by Posman […]

Audio: Public Radio Program Discussion About e-Books, e-Readers, and Bookstores

Earlier today WAMU here in Washington broadcast a one hour discussion about e-books, e-readers, and bookstores. The Kojo Namdi Show welcomed: David Pogue, NY Times Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project Bradley Graham, Co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore Direct to Streaming Audio (52 minutes) Text Summary and Video Extra See Also: Pew […]

E-Books, Shmee-Books: Readers Return to the Stores

From The New York Times: Facing economic gloom and competition from cheap e-readers, brick-and-mortar booksellers entered this holiday season with the humblest of expectations. But the initial weeks of Christmas shopping, a boom time for the book business, have yielded surprisingly strong sales for many bookstores, which report that they have been lifted by an […]

Booksellers Are Not Happy With Amazon's Price Check Promo Tomorrow

From the American Booksellers Association: “This week Amazon.com announced that customers who go into bricks-and-mortar stores on Saturday, December 10, use the company’s smartphone price check app on select products, and then purchase that product from Amazon will receive a discount of up to $5. While books were not included in the promotion, indie bookstores, […]

New Zealand: Banned Book Seized From Wellington Shop

From Stuff.co.nz An “indecent” book banned in 1971 has been seized from a Wellington bookstore by government officials. Bloody Mama by Robert Thom has been listed for sale on Book Haven’s website for $8.50 since February, store owner Don Hollander said. “It got seized today. A very nice chap from the DIA [Department of Internal […]

New POD Program from Harper Collins: "Out of Stock, Still in Luck: Print-on-Demand Expands"

Title: Out of Stock, Still in Luck: Print-on-Demand Expands (by Jeffrey Trachteberg, Subs Only) Note: Non-Subscribers Can Access Full Text Access Free via Google News Search Source: Wall St. Journal From a WSJ Article: Their vision was aided Thursday by HarperCollins Publishers Inc. which said it would make about 5,000 current paperbacks available to bookstores […]

Radio Program/Online Audio: "The Future of Books and the Way We Read"

From the Radio Times (WHYY-FM, Philadelphia) Blurb: How will the publishing industry adapt, will booksellers continue to exist, will writers have to “write” differently” and since we know longer can rely on book covers and the suggestions of booksellers, how do readers decide what to read?  In this hour of Radio Times, the future of […]

Advisory Opinion Says, "E-Books Exempt from New York Sales Tax"

On Forbes.com, Peter Reilly briefly discusses the end of Borders and provides the full text of the New York Advisory Opinion that was published about three weeks ago about eBooks being tax exempt in New York State. From the Opinion: The Department of Taxation and Finance received a Petition for Advisory Opinion from [name redacted]. […]

eBooks: Kobo Comments on Liquidation of Borders With Facts About Company

Borders has been one of Kobo’s partner in the U.S. Now, with the Borders liquidation underway here are highlights from a news release from Kobo trying to clear up some inaccurate info that is being reported. The management of Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 4.2 million users in more than 100 countries […]