Category Archive for "Books"

Mr. Palomar

Italo Calvino has learned to be dead. Like the subject of his novel Mr. Palomar, we have had to see how the world has gotten on without him. In fact, he left us some time ago, much to the consternation…

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Amazon and eBooks

Amazon is really concerned about ebook prices. And its not hard to see why. As a company, Amazon has a really tough time recording profits, despite steady growth in overall revenue. In fact, considered as part of Amazon’s sales, media…

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Unbroken

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand has already had a great deal of ink spilled over it, and deservedly so. The masterful storytelling and elegant attention to detail mark this as a work of great skill and talent. It tells the story…

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Barnstorming Bookstores

In my last post, I talked about the frustration that comes with virtual monopoly retailers like Amazon, and how, despite the convenience factor, there are inherent dangers to allowing any organization blanket control over an industry, especially one like Amazon…

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Amazonia

Professional publishing has been going through some interesting times lately, especially because of the changing landscape of distribution. Like the music industry before, publishing has been struggling to come to terms with the rise of simplified digital sales and downloading….

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Confederacy of Dunces

At one point in the novel A Confederacy of Dunces the character of Ignatius Reilly quips, “I refuse to ‘look up.’ Optimism nauseates me. Since man’s fall, his proper position in the universe is one of misery.” Ignatius may be...
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