Featured Bookshop: Sherman’s Opens a Store in Portland, Maine
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Featured Bookshop: Sherman’s Opens a Store in Portland, Maine

  Sherman’s, Maine’s oldest bookstore, is part of a happy trend:  an increasing number of independent bookshops are opening.  In this case, Sherman’s expanded to open a fifth store in Portland in April, rounding out its other locations in Bar Harbor, Camden, Freeport, and Boothbay Harbor. Sherman’s is located on Exchange Street, a browsing, dining … Continue reading »

Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans
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Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans

ICYMI, there’s an ongoing battle between Hachette (one of the big publishing groups) and Amazon. Specifically, a heated negotiation about ebook discount rates has been escalating. People on both sides of the battle are weighing in, including David Gaughran, Stephen Colbert, the Author’s Guild, those siding with traditional publishing,  and those defending Amazon as the publisher … Continue reading »

The Gimme:  What to Read this Week
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The Gimme: What to Read this Week

ICYMI, News to Read: John Pilger’s punchy article, dissenting from the common narrative about Ukraine, in the Guardian. Timothy Egan, writing for the New York Times Op-Ed,  gets uncharacteristically slammed in comments regarding his defense of Condoleeza Rice, Rutger’s would-be commencement speaker. Ken Auletta, writing for the New Yorker, speculating on why New York Times editor … Continue reading »

“Your Book is So Perfect,” and Other Great Refusals
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“Your Book is So Perfect,” and Other Great Refusals

“Your book is so perfect that I would feel ashamed ever to accept another book after having printed something so exciting, but as I need to continue in my business, I can’t afford to publish yours.” – An [unnamed] Chinese publisher, rejecting the manuscript of an  [unnamed] American author.  January 7, 1946 Milwaukee Journal, from … Continue reading »