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

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,…

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,…