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Bookseller Revolt: Independents Vacate Abebooks in Solidarity November 6, 2018 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Banned Booksellers Week has begun with a bang. David Streitfeld’s piece in the New York Times has kicked off what some hope will be a defining moment in the history of online bookselling.  For the week of November 5 to 11, 2018, booksellers around the world will remove their inventory from Abebooks, an Amazon company, in a show of support for their brethren in South Korea, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia who were told they…

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City of San Francisco steps it up for local booksellers October 19, 2018 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Stop the Presses! In what I hope is just the beginning of city and municipal support for independent booksellers all across this land, the City of San Francisco, partnering  with nonprofit Working Solutions and the Small Business Development Center, awarded grants to 11 bookstores. You heard it right. 11 bookstores receiving grants from the city they reside in to keep up the good work. The grants range from $2-12,000 and are as much for the…

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Bruce Lee’s Reading Life October 12, 2018 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content

Who knew that Bruce Lee was known to carry a book with him every where he went and that his spare time was consumed with reading and visiting  bookstores? And that before he went all in with kung fu he even dreamed of owning a used bookstore. The latest installment of The Libraries of Famous Men series at the Art of Manliness is devoted to Bruce Lee and his deep relationship with books and includes…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Amazon opens a bookstore while Indiebound adds a ‘Buy Now’ button November 4, 2015 – Posted in: books, Books and Technology, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Photo: Sam Machkovech Here comes the next tremor in the book universe. Amazon.com, the world’s largest online bookseller, has opened it’s first physical bookshop! Amazon Books has opened in Seattle’s University District just a few miles from Amazon headquarters. It’s 5,000 square feet with a majority of the space dedicated to the almighty book. By combining new display tactics (all books are face out!),  a largely crowdsourced inventory, and a seamless ebook purchase option Amazon Books…

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A peak at some of the treasures of the Folger Shakespeare Library June 15, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Exhibits, Libraries, Video

Did you know that 82 of the 233 surviving First Folios of Shakespeare’s plays live at The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.? To mark the quadricentennial of his death The Folger is sending a few copies on a tour of America. Jonathan Karl of ABC News was granted exclusive access to the Folger vault, where he got a look at some of the goodies that rarely see the light of day.

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