Friday, October 16, 2009

Book News, In Brief

I'm linking to the following article for two reasons: 1. Cuz it's good. 2. Cuz I know it'll annoy our bookstore neighbors. Anyway, without any further immature ado, The Bookshop Blog's When another book store moves to town it’s good news!

The biggest news of the day (and thankfully, the only bit of the day's bad news that won't directly hurt us): Amazon will be offering same day delivery for purchases made in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Seattle.

The New York Times has posted a bit of back and forth regarding the brain's differing responses to reading words on a page vs. words on a screen. As a test, I read the print version of this article after reading the online version. My verdict? It seemed awfully familiar.

Even if Amazon's Kindle survives the Apple Tablet, the Barnes & Noble e-reader, and a nation of college kids' complaints, is there any way that Amazon can continue to insist on selling Kindle-only e-books now that Google has announced they'll be selling e-books on multiple formats?

Esquire has come up the internet's equivalent of flying planes into buildings -- a controversial cultural critique that instantly inspires comments, conversations, fights and death threats. An excerpt: "Vampires have overwhelmed pop culture because young straight women want to have sex with gay men."