Thursday, April 16, 2009

Book News, In Brief

England's Oxford presses are for-profit businesses, so why are they receiving tax breaks made for charities? The Guardian UK investigates.

This is not Amazon's week. First there was the anti-gay "glitch," now they've got BusinessWeekOnline snooping around their carefully concealed records, curious as to what the bookselling behemoth is hiding.

The book industry is like the record industry. No, I'm not referring to the suicidally stupid ways in which both groups deal with downloads and digital content. I'm talking about the way they're both willing to neglect numerous no-name talents in hopes of hitting it big with one high-priced celebrity signing.