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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

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Book excerpt: Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership

Editor’s note: Seattle area entrepreneurs David Nilssen and Jeff Levy provide practical advice and tips for those considering starting a new business in their book  “Making the Jump into Small Business Ownership.” “We are trying to educate and inspire individuals to be self-reliant,” says Levy, a founder of Windswept Capital and former executive at Flow International who is… Read More

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Geek Humor: Stephen Colbert calls Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos a vindictive man

Comedian Stephen Colbert returned to the airwaves Monday night, and he didn’t waste any time taking a few cracks at Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. Award-winning author and Parnassus Books co-owner Ann Patchett was the guest, telling the story of why she opened a 2,500 square-foot independent bookstore in Nashville following the closure of two large brick-and-mortar book… Read More

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Adam Lashinsky: ‘There’s nothing shiny or happy … inside the doors of Apple’

Fortune senior editor Adam Lashinsky stopped by the offices of Zillow earlier this month as he touted his new book: “Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired and Secretive Company Really Works.” The interview — conducted by Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky — provides some interesting insights into the culture of Apple and how Lashinsky… Read More

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Amazon: Burning the book business or making it better?

Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover story this week drills into Amazon’s effort to upend the book industry by moving into the publishing business. The piece by Brad Stone tells the story of Larry Kirshbaum, the former Time Warner Book Group chief who is now heading up the New York-based publishing efforts for the online retailer. It’s a good… Read More

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Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl to publish out-of-print books with help from Amazon.com

Nancy Pearl is perhaps the only celebrity librarian that we know of, regularly appearing on National Public Radio and immortalized with her very own action figure. Now, the Seattle librarian and author of the best-seller “Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason” is looking to bring some of her favorite out-of-print book titles… Read More

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Amazon.com buys rights to 450 children’s book titles

Amazon.com announced today that it is buying 450 titles from Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, expanding its footprint in the book publishing business. Titles that were acquired include “The Night Before Christmas” illustrated by Gennady Spirin; “Three Little Tamales” by Eric A. Kimmel; and “Chalk” by Bill Thomson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Most… Read More