If you’ve ever worked in a bookstore, you’re probably intimate with the practice of pulping mass market paperbacks. Publishers reimburse booksellers for inventory they don’t sell, but paperbacks are so cheap to produce that it would cost more to return them than to throw them away. Instead, stores tear off the covers, mail those back as proof of unsold inventory, and throw the books in the trash. [More]
Borders and Waldenbooks have decided not to sell the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it republishes the Mohammed cartoons that provided an excuse for a bunch of medieval savages around the world to start burning down embassies, killing and rioting.