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Borders Breaking Up with Amazon

In 2001, Amazon took over Borders online bookstore, but it looks like the two may be parting ways. What I found interesting was the market share reported in this article: Barnes & Noble has 15 percent of the book market… more

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Reader Blogs Are Going to Ruin the World

The existence of amazon reviews and reader review blogs, like this one, are being touted as the downfall of literary taste. Seeing as how I never aspired to having literary taste but read for entertainment and review for entertainment, I… more

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Turn Your Coins into Books

Apparently you cannot get your change made into dollars at a bank without fee anymore. Who knew? (Apparently Ned). Coinstar to the rescue. You can turn your coins into e-certificates for vendors like Amazon.com or Borders/Waldenbooks even give your change… more

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Booker Award Nominee Inspired or Plagiarist

Ian McEwan, nominee of the Booker Award for his novel, Atonement, has been accused of copying Lucilla Andrews’ work. Ms. Andrews wrote an autobiographical novel, No Time for Romance, of her work nursing injured soldiers druing World War II. McEwen’s… more

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New Faces of Romance

Publishers Weekly has an article up about the new faces of romance. I’ve read three of the books featured and Meljean Brook’s book, Demon Angel, is the class of the bunch. Hers is not to be missed.

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Google Book Search Fights Plagairism

Slate offered up a column on how Google Book Search can be used to combat plagiarism. Says Paul Collins “Google Book Search contains hundreds of millions of printed pages, and yet after just a few words, the likelihood of the… more

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Even a Six Year Old Can Do It

Aultbea Publishing is setting new records by signing and publishing Christopher Beale’s children’s book, 1,500-word five-chapter novel called This and Last Season’s Excursions. Mr. Beale was 6 years old and 118 days when his opus was completed. He is now… more

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Color Your Covers

Penguin announced that it will release some classics with blank, art ready covers so that the reader can sketch, paint, decoupage their own cover. I love this idea and think it would make great gifts. Ned is so handy with… more