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Bookworms unite! Amazon says these are the nation’s most well-read cities

Knoxville is full of romantic people, Cambridge has lots of entrepreneurs and Alexandria is a flat-out well-read city. Those are some of the conclusions we can make after seeing Amazon’s third annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. Alexandria, Va. topped the list for the second consecutive year, while Seattle finished at No. 13 and… Read More

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Report: Barnes & Noble considers future of the Nook

Nearly a year after Microsoft agreed to invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business unit, the bookseller is seriously considering what to do with the electronic book reader. A report out from The New York Times, citing a person familiar with Barnes & Noble’s strategy, indicates that the company is possibly moving away from… Read More

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Hey, Seattle: We’re not quite as book smart as 8 years ago

Think of Seattle. And whether it’s Amazon.com or Elliott Bay Book Company or the amazing main Seattle library, reading is a core fabric of our society. Heck, even Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s dad was a librarian for the University of Washington. Blame the rain. People here love books, and reading. But are we slipping when it… Read More

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More than just books: Pew study details how technology has changed libraries

We’ve seen brick-and-mortar booksellers close down all over the country due to online retailers like Amazon. Will public libraries follow suit and vanish from the earth? It doesn’t seem like it, at least not according to an extensive Pew Internet report just released that shows how people feel about reinventing libraries. Pew asked 2,252 Americans ages 16… Read More

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Borrow books: Amazon testing Kindle rental service

Speed readers rejoice: Amazon seems to be testing out a new rental service for books. The Seattle retail giant already has a textbook rental service that it debuted in July 2011. But Engadget just noticed a non-textbook available to rent called The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking. While the title is published by Princeton University… Read More

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Need a good read? Amazon unveils top 10 best-selling books of 2012

Here’s what we learned from Amazon’s top-10 best-selling books of 2012: People love bad boy romance novels and independent publishers are more important than ever. The Seattle retail giant unveiled its top-10 books of the year and “Fifty Shades Freed,” the third book of E.L. James’ extremely popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, took the… Read More

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VC Brad Feld: Startup hubs need to be led by entrepreneurs

Politicians, investors and professors are extremely important elements of a thriving startup ecosystem. But, at the end of the day, every startup hub needs to be led by entrepreneurs. That’s the analysis of Boulder venture capitalist Brad Feld who was in Seattle Tuesday speaking at an event promoting his new book: Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial… Read More

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History: Did Amazon try to buy Netflix for $12M in 1999?

Just imagine what could have been? A new book to be released this week by Reuters reporter Gina Keating suggests that Amazon.com tried to buy DVD movie rental service Netflix for $12 million back in 1999. Whoa. That certainly could have been a lot cheaper than Netflix’s current market value of $3.7 billion. Amazon.com was… Read More

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This is the best book Bill Gates read this summer

Bill Gates likes to read and share his book recommendations with the rest of us, and this week he revealed which title impressed him the most summer — “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer. Foer, who is a science writer by day, examines our ability to memorize things, the tagline of his book is “The… Read More

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Katniss vs. Harry: Hunger Games outsells Harry Potter on Amazon

It’s happened. Something has outsold the Harry Potter series on Amazon. And that something is Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. Heck, even Bill Gates liked it. Amazon announced today that the three-book Hunger Games series following hero Katniss Everdeen’s adventures of survival and derring-do have outsold the seven-book Potter series that followed those lovable wizards… Read More

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Amazon.com buys rights to 3,000 romance, mystery and western book titles

Amazon.com continues to gobble up book titles, this time sealing deal for some 3,000 backlist titles from Avalon Books in the romance, mystery and western genres. The deal, terms of which weren’t disclosed, follows the company’s purchase late last year of 450 children’s book titles from Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. Founded in 1950, Avalon’s writers have… Read More

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Consumer suit vs. Apple and book publishers gets the go-ahead

It’s game on for a class-action lawsuit against Apple and several major publishers accused of colluding to illegally fix prices on e-books to undercut Amazon. Today, a U.S. District Court judge denied court petitions from Apple and publishers to dismiss the lawsuit. The suit was filed on behalf of e-book customers forced to collectively pay… Read More

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Q&A: Microsoft lessons from Employees 154160 and 191855

Recently we received a news release about a new book called Stack Rank This! Memoirs of a Microsoft Couple. Apart from the subject, what caught my attention was the fact that the book was published anonymously, with the authors referring to themselves by their employee numbers, 154160 and 191855, and using the first names Jason and… Read More