Geographic Space of Books in Wales

Geographic Space of Books in Wales

Books are like water, have always followed the path of least resistance through the geographic landscape, as illustrated in this map of the bookstores of…

eBook Ecosystems

Joseph Esposito recent article “An Industry Pining for Bookstores” makes a strong argument for the value which bookstores have in the current book industry and…

A bookstore by its cover

A bookstore by its cover

Although you can’t (shouldn’t?) judge a book by its title, we do. They are part of what Gerard Genette referred to as “paratext”, the “threshold…

A Bookselling Timeline

The retail book business in the United States may have begun with John Dunton’s visit in 1685-86 where he is said to have sold a…

Why would Amazon go physical?

Digital Book World reports  that, according to research by the Codex group, about one-sixth of new books are now discovered on-line, often through on-line retailers,…

Book Signal and Publishing Noise

Reading Ted Striphas’ blog entry from last February, The Shannon and Weaver Model brings to mind another one of Shannon’s contributions to information theory, and…

Discovery, trust and bookstores

I was reading Peter Turner’s blog post Nobody Knows Anything—But Let’s Not Let That Stop Us this morning, in which he reviews some of his…

Blocked bookman

I’ve just been trying to visit Greg Gibson’s Ten Pound Island Book Company web site. Like most people, I used Google to find the site,…

1930s Bookstore access

Almost every week a web page announces the closure of another bookstore. This week we have Queen Anne in Seattle and Capital Comics in Raleigh,…

The pleasure of the book

I received this book in the post earlier this week, the day after I ordered it through ABE UK from Charles Bossom Books. It arrived…