Amazon Considering Netflix-Like Service For Ebooks

Amazon Considering Netflix-Like Service For Ebooks

The future of reading may involve shelling out a subscription fee to access an infinitely long electronic bookshelf. Amazon is reportedly in talks to launch such an endeavor, attaching it to its premium, $79-a-year Amazon Prime program. [More]

Ikea Redesigns Bookshelf To Hold More Non-Book Items

Ikea Redesigns Bookshelf To Hold More Non-Book Items

Who needs a bookshelf with important, leather-bound books when you have so many other trinkets to store on shelves? Ikea is taking note of the move toward e-books and has responded to the increasingly electronic world by redesigning its BILLY bookshelf as more of a just, you know, things-shelf. [More]

Google+ Circle Forms Jobs Blog For Ex-Borders Workers

Google+ Circle Forms Jobs Blog For Ex-Borders Workers

Borders shutting down means 11,000 nice bookworms are out of a job. That’s a pretty sad thought so a couple of friends started musing together on Google+ about how someone should help these folks out. So they started a new blog, “Help Ex-Borders Employees” where people can post job listings for these newly unemployed. [More]

Library Grants Thousands Of Kids Fine Amnesty To Get Them Reading Again

Library Grants Thousands Of Kids Fine Amnesty To Get Them Reading Again

It might not be a big deal in the scheme of granting pardons, but for more than 140,000 kids with overdue fees of $15 or more in New York public libraries, amnesty means they’ll get to take books out again — if they participate in the library’s summer reading program. [More]

Borders CEO's Goodbye Email To His Customers

Borders CEO's Goodbye Email To His Customers

Mike Edwards, the CEO of the liquidating Borders bookstores emailed a farewell note to all Borders Rewards Members last night. In it, he looked back at the over 40 years of bookselling and imagination-stoking the chain has done and explained why they were closing down. Beyond the sentiments, he also explained some important things you’ll want to know if you want to buy some books from them before they close their doors for good. [More]

Indie Bookstores Starting To Charge Admission To Author Events

Indie Bookstores Starting To Charge Admission To Author Events

Literature lovers who are used to hitting up book readings and signings as free entertainment may be in for a wallet shock. Some independent bookstores, which are trying to scrounge up revenue in the tough economy, have taken to charging for the events. [More]

Are Publishers, Not Technology, To Blame For The Decline Of Books?

Are Publishers, Not Technology, To Blame For The Decline Of Books?

Ah, books, those paper-paged dinosaurs! Lovers of the non-electronic form of literature are already bemoaning the end of an era, as Kindles and other e-readers seem poised to replace physical books forever. But should we be blaming technology or publishers for the possibly imminent extinction of books? [More]

Author Pirates Copies Of Own Books To Put Them In E-book Format

Author Pirates Copies Of Own Books To Put Them In E-book Format

Most publishers and some authors believe online piracy robs them of potential income, but at least one writer has managed to turn the digital pilfering of his wares into a potential gain. He says he’s downloaded copies of out-of-print work with the idea of converting the files into legit e-books he can sell. [More]

An Open Letter To You From An Employee At A Liquidating Bookstore

An Open Letter To You From An Employee At A Liquidating Bookstore

Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of a clerk behind the register at your favorite bookstore which is being liquidated in a bankruptcy sale? What do they make of all of it? What are their hopes and dreams? Are they just mentally picturing making everyone’s head explode? Well nows your chance to plumb those depths, as McSweeny’s has published a humorous open letter written by an employee at one of these stores *cough* Borders *cough*. [More]

Pop-Up Bookstore To Temporarily Take Over Empty Borders Store

Pop-Up Bookstore To Temporarily Take Over Empty Borders Store

Like a hermit crab taking up residence in the shell of a deceased snail, a former Borders store in Pittsburgh will soon see its shelves lined with books — if only temporarily — when it briefly becomes the home of an independent bookseller. [More]

Author Opens Book Store To Sell His Book And Only His Book

Author Opens Book Store To Sell His Book And Only His Book

At a small book store in NYC’s West Village, there are shelves labeled “Best Sellers” and “Sale,” but even a quick scan of the spines will reveal something: They’re all the same book. In fact, all 3,000 or so volumes stacked and shelved in Ed’s Martian Book store are the same. [More]

Judge Rejects Google's Digital Books Settlement

Judge Rejects Google's Digital Books Settlement

A district court judge told Google its $125 million settlement with authors and publishers is invalid because it’s too favorable to the company. The ruling stalls Google’s plans to complete a massive digital library and bookstore. [More]

Walmart Employee Claims Returning Books To Store Is Illegal

Walmart Employee Claims Returning Books To Store Is Illegal

Have you ever purchased a book and then returned it, unread, to the store that it came from? If so, you’re a criminal. According to an employee at Myra’s local Walmart store, it’s illegal to return books to a store. It just can’t be done. Except that when the employee tried putting the return though, it worked just fine. [More]

Borders Delays Payments To Vendors For 2nd Month

Borders Delays Payments To Vendors For 2nd Month

Stumbling book store chain Borders has said that it would delay payments to landlords and vendors for the 2nd month in a row. In a terse press release, the company said the move was meant to “help the company maintain liquidity while it seeks to complete a refinancing or restructuring of its existing credit facilities and other obligations.” In other words, they’re trying cling to cash and stave off bankruptcy. Borders also announced receiving a $550 million loan from GE Capital. Better keep pushing those loyalty cards to customers that could become worthless pieces of plastic if the company goes belly up, Borders clerks, you’re our only hope! Customers, if you got a Borders gift card for Christmas, now might be a good time to cash it in. [More]

Borders Meets With Publishers Instead Of Paying Them

Borders Meets With Publishers Instead Of Paying Them

Though they swear everything is hunky-dory, Borders is delaying payments to big publishers and setting up some coffee klatches to talk it over. Is Borders reaching its final chapter? [More]

American Psycho: The Musical, Coming To Broadway!

American Psycho: The Musical, Coming To Broadway!

American Psycho, the dark murder-satire flick starring Christian Bale where he assumes the identity of a rival Wall Street banker and commits a series of decadent killings, is coming to Broadway! [More]

Borders Cancels My Order, Makes My Coupon And Borders Bucks Disappear

Borders Cancels My Order, Makes My Coupon And Borders Bucks Disappear

Equipped with a coupon and store credit, Scott thought he was in a great position when he placed an order on Borders.com. But a snafu left Scott empty handed, with his order canceled, his balance drained and his coupon vanished. [More]

What Fictional Products Do You Wish Were Real?

What Fictional Products Do You Wish Were Real?

Re-watching the Back to the Future movies recently, I remembered how deeply the tween me once longed for a hover board like the one Michael J. Fox races around the Hill Valley of 2015. While it’s unlikely that we’ll see a real hover board on the market in the next five years, the 30-something me still wants one. [More]