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The book that didn’t exist — until hundreds asked for it

Trump supporters on Reddit last week tried, but failed, to keep Hillary Clinton’s new book from reaching No. 1 on Amazon’s bestseller lists. It wasn’t the first time an effort by a group of people affected the book industry. Perhaps the most interesting one, though, involved demand for a book that didn’t exist.

Jean Shepherd […]

Landlocked and booked

My absence the last couple weeks was one abandoning the routines and topography of everyday life. My wife and I went off on an 18-day cruise from San Francisco to New York City through the Panama Canal. As our youngest lives in NYC, we spent a few days there before returning home. And as much […]

Death of an extremely rare breed

We’ve all heard about the toll the internet and big-box bookstores have taken on independent bookstores. To a great extent, the independents that are dying are what I would call community bookstores. They don’t specialize in any one thing but carry a wide range of books to cater to the general public. Now imagine the […]

Birth of a behemoth

Who would have thought a book called Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought” would have been the beginning of an online revolution. Yet 18 years ago today that was the first item sold on a website called Amazon. Today is a behemoth, not only in the world of […]

Bye, bye Book Depository?

Two years ago, I asked whether The Book Depository, the U.K.’s largest online bookstore, would complement Amazon or compete with it. The end result? Amazon is buying it.

The sale is going to be looked at by the U.K.;s Office of Fair Trading and has sparked fears the deal will “tighten the American company’s ‘stranglehold’ […]

Going without a bookstore

My friend Paulette Tobin has an article about Grand Forks, N.D., now being without a full-service bookstore carrying a full line of new books. This is particularly shocking when you consider the city, with a metro area population of just under 100,000, is also home to the University of North Dakota. Plainly, we’re not talking […]