Tag: bookstores

by Jenny Shank

The annual conference of AWP, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, is a fun and grueling schedule of events — as novelist Jess Walter noted in his introduction to a reading by Gish Jen and Tobias Wolff, “What begins as a giant party ends as a kind of hostage situation.” This year, the 13,000 [...] more »

by Joshua Davis

‘Tis the season for reading — both print and e-books. But can the two really coexist? For this video report (below), I checked in with three bookstores in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C., and asked store managers and customers whether they preferred print or e-books. Click to read the whole series. Some of their answers [...] more »

by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

There’s nothing like giving the gift of reading. And, it used to be that there was one means to that end: Buy a book at a bookstore, perhaps inscribe it, wrap it up and give it. But today, the gift of reading can mean so much more than a wrapped-up book. Today, the literary giver [...] more »

by Jenny Shank

When I saw Jason Ashlock take part in a panel on the future of book publishing at the Aspen Summer Words conference a few months ago, I immediately noticed something different about him: He lacked that black cloud of doom floating over his head that many people involved in the book industry tend to cower [...] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing 1. More than 50 percent of libraries report flat or reduced budgets (GalleyCat) 2. New York public libraries to get Penguin e-books (WSJ) 3. Bookstores in France are doing just fine (NYT) 4. Author uses Facebook Timeline to craft novel (GalleyCat) [...] more »

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories of the week from across the web on e-books and self-publishing 1. Farhad Manjoo: “Buying books online is better for authors, better for the economy, and better for you” (Slate) 2. Richard Russo: “Amazon’s ham-fisted strategy has the potential to morph into a genuine Occupy Amazon movement” (New York Times) 3. Readers return to brick-and-mortar stores for [...] more »

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Nathan Gibbs 1. Somalia’s Islamist insurgents embrace Twitter as a weapon (New York Times) 2. Richard Russo: “Amazon’s ham-fisted strategy has the potential to morph into a genuine Occupy Amazon movement” (New York Times) 3. Readers return to brick-and-mortar stores for holiday book purchases (New York Times) 4. [...] more »