Nook Deletes All Your Files, Barnes & Nobles Shrugs

Nook Deletes All Your Files, Barnes & Nobles Shrugs

If you own a Nook, you better make sure you regularly update its software, otherwise you might lose all your files that are not B&N books. That’s what happened to Michael, and customer service told him that it can happen if the device hasn’t been updated recently. The updates are too much for it to handle so it has to spontaneously jettison all foreign objects! Or something like that. [More]

Confessions of a Used-Book Salesman

Confessions of a Used-Book Salesman

Michael can make around $1,000 a week trawling through used book and thrift stores and library sales with his trusty Dell PDA. He scans the barcode, looks up the price on Amazon, and if he sees that he can sell it online for more than he can buy it in the store, he purchases it. It’s an intense, lonely grind, and it makes him feel a little bit sleazy. [More]

Barnes & Noble Canceled My Order, Doubled Price

Barnes & Noble Canceled My Order, Doubled Price

Beth ordered two copies of a gift set from Barnes & Noble, only to see the order canceled and the price hiked from $11.14 to $22.50 on a different listing of the same item. [More]

Does Walmart Segregate Its Books By Race?

Does Walmart Segregate Its Books By Race?

Say you’re shopping at Walmart and decide you want to pick up Barack Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope or maybe you’re an Indianapolis Colts fan and want to hear what Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy has to say in his book The Mentor Leader. But you can’t find either book in the Biography section… Oh, maybe you should look in those unmarked shelves that make up the “black” section of Walmart’s book selection. [More]

Amazon Locks You Out Of Kindle Account, Ignores You For A Month

Amazon Locks You Out Of Kindle Account, Ignores You For A Month

E-readers have a definite advantage over traditional dead-tree books when you’re going on vacation: you can bring a wealth of reading material in one small device. One difference, though: your analog bookshelf can’t lock you out. Your Amazon account can. That’s what Natalia writes happened to her. No one at Amazon has been able to fix the problem for more than a month now. [More]

Kaplan Giving Away 90 Study Guides To iDevice Users

Kaplan Giving Away 90 Study Guides To iDevice Users

If you’re in the market for high school or college study guides and you have access to an iDevice from Apple, Kaplan is giving away 90 different titles between now and August 30th through the Apple iBookstore. Sadly, you can’t access the iBookstore on iTunes, so you’ll have to get to it through an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. [More]

Check Out These Sites For Free Audio Books

Check Out These Sites For Free Audio Books

Who says story time has to stop when you exit kindergarten? Audio books provide all the stimulation of reading without that annoying reading part. And the internet is full of avenues to get them for free without having to resort to piracy. [More]

Borders Tells Me Returns And Exchanges Are The Same, I Can Do Neither

Borders Tells Me Returns And Exchanges Are The Same, I Can Do Neither

Quadmama wanted to exchange a pair of books she received as gifts, but the manager stonewalled her because she was 60 days outside of the return window. When Quadmama reiterated that she wanted to exchange the books for replacements, not return them for money, the manager told her that for the bookstore’s policy purposes, a return is the same as an exchange. [More]

Barnes & Noble Wants To Sell Itself, But Who's Gonna Buy It?

Barnes & Noble Wants To Sell Itself, But Who's Gonna Buy It?

Barnes & Noble shares are soaring after it announced that it was up for sale and may even go private, or merge with Borders. [More]

Tips For Saving Money On Textbooks

Tips For Saving Money On Textbooks

The second half of summer is “complain about textbook prices” season, and last week the New York Times put together a special section on the topic and asked experts to weigh in. Too many of the contributors just provide an overview of the situation but no solutions; a publishing industry representative actually defends textbook prices as trivial compared to other educational costs. Fortunately Anya Kamenetz, who writes for Fast Company, suggests Flat World Knowledge. And to be fair, the guy who defended textbooks prices suggests CourseSmart for ebook rentals. The Times also asked students, professors and parents to weigh in with advice. [More]

Colleges Are Now Required To List Textbooks During Class Registration

Colleges Are Now Required To List Textbooks During Class Registration

Finding the best textbooks prices just got a whole lot easier now that colleges are required to provide students with a list of required textbooks when they register for classes. The requirement was mandated back in the 2008 as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, but only took effect this year. [More]

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Cheapskate?

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Cheapskate?

Jeff Yeager, Wise Bread blogger and author, has just published a new book titled The Cheapskate Next Door, where he interviews over 300 self-described cheapskates to find out what makes them tick. In an interview over at Daily Finance, he says that for most of his subjects, the choice to live frugal lifestyles wasn’t primarily about money. [More]

Get 30% Off Borders.com

Get 30% Off Borders.com

Thanks to their site being down for maintenance, you can get 30% off at Borders.com until midnight PST tonight, 7/12/10. [More]

Macmillan Publishing Writes Happy Ending For Damaged Thrift Shop Book

Macmillan Publishing Writes Happy Ending For Damaged Thrift Shop Book

An anonymous reader picked up a copy of Ben Bova’s Mars Life from the Salvation Army without realizing that it was missing thirty-two pages. Books don’t come with warranties, but our reader wanted to know how the story ended. Would the New Morality conservatives stop people from examining that eerie Martian fossil? Would the U.S. government ever solve the pressing environmental crisis? How would our reader know without the missing pages?! Macmillan publishing had the answer. [More]

Relive Your Fondest Retail Memories With New Graphic Novel

Relive Your Fondest Retail Memories With New Graphic Novel

Have you worked retail? You might be amused by a new book called Hello Do You Work Here?, a collection of illustrated true stories about crazy-making customers. [More]

Kindles Will Be Available At Your Local Target Next Week

Kindles Will Be Available At Your Local Target Next Week

After a pilot program selling Kindles at some Targets succeeded back in April, Amazon is ready to spread the Kindle virus to all Targets starting Monday. But it might not be the best time to buy one, since there’s reportedly an updated model on the horizon. [More]

Cigarette Vending Machine Repurposed To Sell Books

Cigarette Vending Machine Repurposed To Sell Books

Believe it or not, there are people who don’t own a Kindle or an iPad and can’t just order up a book when they get the sudden, overwhelming urge to read a book. So what’s a voracious reader to do if they find themselves without reading material and no bookstore in sight? Well, at the University of Hamburg, book lovers can head for a vending machine. [More]

Readers Dig Dirty Books, Boost Publishing Industry

Readers Dig Dirty Books, Boost Publishing Industry

If any industry needs a little help to get business to be booming, it’s publishing. And aid is coming from an unlikely source — erotic books could be the savior of the swiftly sinking business of book publishing, MSNBC’s Brian Alexander reports. [More]