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James Patterson is pissed: Calls out Obama for book support November 27, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Reading / Literacy, Video

[youtube]http://youtu.be/JkkVPJBkvqA[/youtube] “There’s a book burning going on in America, You’re invited. Especially the kids. You see they’re shutting down your local bookstores. Shutting down libraries. Publishers are dying. American literature will be next on the flames.” James Patterson is on the loose. After throwing money at it (pledging over $1.5 million to bookshops in America and the UK) Patterson is now throwing books on the fire to wake up the the government and promote his #SaveOurBooks campaign.…

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The New Pelican Has Landed November 18, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Bookselling / Collecting, Content

After a 30 year slumber Pelican Books has returned.  In its heyday it was an essential ingredient to a well-rounded view of the world. Coming from the mind of Allen Lane, who revolutionized the reading experience with the introduction of Penguin paperbacks, it provided affordable non-fiction to the masses: Costing no more than a packet of cigarettes, and aimed at the true lay reader, Pelicans combined intellectual authority with clear and accessible prose. As the…

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Barnes & Noble is going back to its roots, shifts focus back to print November 12, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Video

Granted they just announced a new bundling program for the holiday season,  ‘B&N Sync Up!’ where you can buy one or more paperbacks from a specially curated selection and get the NOOK Book digital edition for just $4.99 but if you look a little closer at two other recent moves you just might get a glimpse of where they world’s largest bookstore chain is heading. 1. B&N enters the print on demand business. “With the introduction of the NOOK Press…

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First Editions / Second Thoughts: A Book Collectors Dream Auction to Benefit Pen America November 10, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Reading / Literacy

Outlined in ink and filled with a deep crimson oil paint, the words “PAST STUFF” have been hand-painted on the front cover of the third volume of Ed Ruscha’s Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings by Ruscha. Underscoring this work’s unique quality, traces of the brushstroke are visible in the paint, and the hand-painted letters have wavering borders. A red censor-like block has also been painted over Ruscha’s name on the text’s spine.  The goal of…

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Folio Society focused on emerging from the darkness November 3, 2014 – Posted in: book design, Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Installation

They have been in business for 65 years and have almost 2,000 titles under their belt. They produce some of the most beautiful and well-made books on the planet. They work with the leading illustrators in the world. Yet the Folio Society remains far from a household name. Why? Their business model stinks. They operated exclusively as a membership book club and didn’t spend any energy actively promoting their titles until two years ago!  Focusing on…

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