Tag: The Business of Books

  • 25 cent e-books: Unbridled success or just the nature of the Internet?

    The numbers are in from Unbridled Books catchy 25 e-books for 25c promotion. For those who missed this one it was a partnership between Unbridled Books and the ABA (American Booksellers Association) in which independent bookstores across the country that where set up for e-book commerce could offer a range of books from the publisher…

  • Oregon opens an investigation into those blue book donation boxes

     Photo: Randy Rasmussen/The Oregonian The Charitable Activities Section of the Oregon Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Reading Tree and Thrift Recycling Management, the two companies behind many of those blue ‘Books for Charity’ boxes that have been popping up all around the country. Close to 100 boxes have begun to infest the…

  • Amazon’s Next Price War?

    Thinking of having a promotion or a sale on your website to help you sell some books? Now think again, for any attempt to promote your own business might cost you one of your deepest revenue streams. Amazon’s latest ‘our way or the highway’ policy involves independent third-party sellers on their European websites. The same…

  • The Half-Life of Dan Brown and John Grisham

    Tim Spalding over at LibraryThing did some number crunching from the various book swap sites that are integrated with LibraryThing to find out what the Top Wanted and Unwanted books are.  Dan Brown not only took home the dubious honor of the book most people want to get out of their lives with the Da…

  • Separation of Church and Books? Pastor Signs Books Between Services

    Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas is arguable the biggest congregation in the nation. The church is housed in the old Compaq Center which used to be the home of the Houston Rockets basketball team. On any given Sunday 40,000 people pack the church to listen to Osteen spew his version of the gospel.…