The link below is to an article that looks at the missing booksellers of Hong Kong.
The link below is to an article that looks at why booksellers are closing down in New York City and I think the article provides some perspective to the debate about bookstore closures. It is all too easy to blame Amazon, online sales, etc – but there are other forces at play. Bookstores need to have a good look at their business model before they blame the easier targets for their demise.
Obama is giving a jobs speech Tuesday at Amazon’s(s amzn) warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn. — infuriating booksellers and publishers, who see this as evidence that the Obama administration is in the tank for Amazon (especially following the Department of Justice’s win over Apple in the ebook pricing case).
“No American monopoly has ever been so cozy with the government,” Dennis Johnson, the founder of independent publisher Melville House, wrote on his company’s blog.
Book trade publication Shelf Awareness cites angry letters from the publishing industry. In one, sales rep Bruce Joshua Miller cites Amazon’s alleged mistreatment of workers at a Pennsylvania warehouse with no air conditioning and writes, “This visit comes at a time when Amazon, despite losing money in the most recent quarter, is attempting to further damage brick-and-mortar stores by lowering discounts to unprecedented levels.”
Publishers Lunch sensibly points out (paywall) that “Obama has also visited independent…
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The link below is to an article about how ebooks have impacted on one particular traditional bookshop. However, I would say that this type of impact is now becoming commonplace, especially among booksellers who seem reluctant to open an online dimension to their store.