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Becoming Michelle Obama

December 5, 2018

When it comes to post White House memoirs, Michelle Obama may well prove to be the better half, even though her husband has the better track record in regards to book sales.

What Happened to Hillary Clinton’s Book Sales????

September 22, 2017

Hillary’s loss to Trump was a heartbreaker, but in the aftermath, the former first lady has improved her book sales from her previous title, Hard Choices.

Ebook Covers

July 21, 2012

The Book Cover “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, English idiom. This little saying may be true, but when it comes to selling a book, all of a sudden the cover becomes very important, especially in today’s world, where our ability to create images has been greatly increased by broadcast television, digital imagery […]

Survival of the Bookstore

May 12, 2012

A  Small Chain Today (Saturday May 12) is graduation day here in Boulder, Colorado, home of the U of C Buffaloes. As a result the town is packed with students and visitors. Unfortunately, the weather is iffy and the thousand or so young men and women, who are about to plunge into the real world, […]

October Is National Book Month

October 5, 2011

Tough Times For Bookstores Even in today’s floundering economy a book is a good investment. For the most part prices are holding their own or dropping because booksellers are so anxious to increase their sales. Just recently I purchased, Charles Yu’s “How Yo Survive A Science Fiction Universe” at Barnes & Noble. The book was […]

Literary Star Releases E-books

June 25, 2011

Harry Potter In E-book J.K. Rowling announced this week that the Harry Potter series will be now available  on electronic readers as an e-book. To further add fuel to the fire, Rowling has decided to market the e-books herself rather than go through the traditional literary agencies and booksellers that usually handle e-books for successful […]

Indie Bookstores

May 24, 2011

Empty Venues South Carolina is filled with many empty malls and superstores. The retail around the state capitol is especially bleak, as there are even a few places, where a whole strip mall lays bare. As one drives by a few of these places, the overall mood is melancholy, for it is never good to […]

Survival of Barnes & Noble

April 15, 2011

Leaving the Sand Hills Yesterday, I drove from my mother’s house near Black Creek down to Florence, SC, a mid-sized town located a little ways inland from Myrtle Beach. My destination was the Barnes & Noble bookstore located in the Magnolia shopping mall. Once there I enjoyed a nice tall cup of dark coffee and […]

Brief History of the Paperback Mass Market

April 9, 2011

This whole new e-book/tree book thing is sure taking on a life of its own, especially as the sales of the electronic works gains ground on the ever-popular paperback book. Even so, those with a personal stake in the situation should remember or be reminded that paperback books have not been around all that long. […]

Before E-book Self-publishing Was Popular

April 7, 2011

  Giant Galaxy NGC 6872 Image Credit: Sydney Girls High School Astronomy Club, Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska), “I hadn’t known the club I was trying to get into held fast to the rule that self-published books were crap and any novelist who dared try to do it by herself would only get the back of […]

How To Turn Down A half A Million?

March 24, 2011

The easiest way to turn down a 1/2 million dollars is just say no. Even Nancy Reagan knows that. However, in order to turn down this much money, it is necessary to be offered such an amount. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, few of us are ever faced with such a dilemma. However, for anyone that […]

Why I Like Borders

March 2, 2011

  Today I received an e-mail from Borders notifying me that Judith Orloff, a M.D. is giving a talk at the Columbus Circle Borders in NYC. Since, I am currently in South Carolina and will not return to my home in Maine until the spring, chances are pretty slim that I will not attend the […]