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Borders R.I.P.

The death knell sounds for Borders today. Read the article from the Wall Street Journal, and reported in this morning’s Shelf Awareness. — Once upon a time, there was a lovely chain of independent bookstores based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The small chain was owned by two brothers and the stores were called Borders. Borders […]

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Overview of People Using E-Readers

If you’re a self-published author trying to decide if marketing your book on an e-reader is a wise choice, have a look at this overview from USA Today about people who use e-readers and how.

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Bookstores Charging for Events?

It’s true. Yesterday twitter was, well, atwitter with conversation started by Shelf Awareness about bookstores charging for events. Others noted some bad behavior of book buyers, particularly those who will purchase the book online ahead of time and bring it in to be signed, and browsers who jot titles in their phones and then go […]

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A Note from Kindle Review

A few times a day I receive updates from Kindle Review. The site compares functionality of e- readers, discusses trends, and lists newly available free and low-priced e-books (offers and deals). At the end of a post from last night, I discovered this interesting comment: The general quality of free books during the last few […]

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Shelf Awareness, Now for Readers

My apologies for not having blogged in awhile, but today I’m back with a nice announcement from Shelf Awareness. Shelf Awareness–started six years ago by a former Publishers Weekly exec and others–is the fun, quirky-yet-thorough daily newsletter of the book industry. The Shelf staff recently decided they wanted to find a way to reach readers […]

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Kindle vs. iPad from a Die-hard Paperback Lover

This entry is from our Albany High intern who came to The Troy Book Makers this winter. Here’s a view of reading from the next generation. * * * A printed book is the purest form of literature, but being people of the 21st century that’s just not enough anymore. Having an item that does […]

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Thinking about Converting Your Printed Book to an E-Book?

Troy Book Makers has recently begun to offer e-book conversion services to authors who have printed with us. At this time, we are offering to prepare e-book files for three marketplaces, PubIt!, Google, and Amazon. Here’s a brief overview of each. I’ve included links so you can click and explore further, which I highly recommend! […]

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Independent Bookstores Join Forces with Small Presses

In the wake of Borders’ collapse and the rise of the e-book, many are speculating about the relevance of bookstores. Some say they have little value, pointing to the time it takes to get to an actual store, plus wrangling for parking. They clearly prefer the ease of downloading to a device. Others argue for […]

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A Panoramic Treat for Book Lovers

Wow. Discovered on Shelf Awareness this morning, a link to a 360 degree, panoramic view of the Strahov Library in Prague. The view features close-ups of antique books, as well as the domed fresco above. Beautiful!

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The word is Russian for “self-publish,” and, according to this piece in the BBC, Russians have incorporated self-publishing into society in an interesting way. The piece focuses primarily on blogging and its usefulness in a country whose citizen have suffered political repression. A wikipedia entry includes this quote from┬áVladimir Bukovsky, a political activist, who defined […]

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