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Books I Almost Read

Books I Almost Read

Almost is the key word in the above title. Struggling to retrieve the joy and inspiration I acquire when reading has been tough, and tedious. I’ve opened and begun a slew of books. Some deserved to be abandoned quickly, others may have had potential that I ignored, and some were[Read More…]

by June 23, 2012 Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
Robots?? Really? Come On, Amazon

Robots?? Really? Come On, Amazon

While reading about Bezos and his acquisition of Avalon books, I came across a story I somehow missed, although how, I can’t imagine, since it involves robots. Amazon bought Kiva Systems, an company who makes giant orange machines that scuttle around warehouses fulfilling the millions of orders you, and I,[Read More…]

by June 22, 2012 Miscellaneous, News & Opinions
Wow, look at all the excitement exuding from them. That Pied Piper really got them moving.

Kate Greenaway–Too Cute For Comfort

  Another ABE e-mail came my way and I was surprised to see it was about the illustrator of children’s books, Kate Greenaway. Her work is everywhere-that’s what public domain can do for a long dead artist. I knew nothing about her life, the article at ABE sheds some light[Read More…]

by June 20, 2012 Miscellaneous
Twilight of the Empire: A Nashville B-A-M Goes From Riches To Rags

Twilight of the Empire: A Nashville B-A-M Goes From Riches To Rags

by Jas Faulkner  The love of learning, the sequestered nooks… I wanted to find a place to sit and look through the books that intrigued me while browsing the stacks.  My choices were pretty limited: Taking the armload of books I was deciding upon to the coffee shop area was[Read More…]

Fillian advocates reading real books, even if they get wet.

TV Actor Who Plays Author Who Plays at Being a Detective, Chooses His Favorite Books

When I saw the cover of June 10th’s ‘Parade Magazine’ with Nathan Fillian chest deep in water holding Jaws, I had to explore what the heck the point of this photo was. Turns out the actor who plays the title role of Richard Castle on the TV detective series, is[Read More…]

by June 17, 2012 Dastardly Deeds, Miscellaneous
Used Bookstore Franchising

Used Bookstore Franchising

  In a previous article called, “Can You Franchise the Used Book Business?” I wrote the following: “I do not plan on ever franchising. I simply do not want to give the branded name of my store to someone else.” Well, almost exactly 3 years later, I’m now the CEO[Read More…]

The Anthony Award Nominees are Announced

The Anthony Award Nominees are Announced

The premier fanfest, Bouchercon, will be held this year in Cleveland OH, Oct. 4-7. Each year at the convention, awards named for Anthony Boucher, a well known mystery critic and novelist, are given out. The fans who pay in advance to attend, send in nomination ballots, and then vote on[Read More…]

by June 13, 2012 Dastardly Deeds, Good Reads
New London dream bookshop

A New London CT Bookshop Dream

To go directly to Indie GoGO to donate money to help get indie bookstore Monte Crisco up and running:   http://www.indiegogo.com/montecristobookshop With major changes to the entire industry leaving the concept of a bookstore, period, on shaky ground, opening an independent bookshop during these uncertain economic times sounds like savings suicide. Yet,[Read More…]