Independent Booksellers Sue Amazon and Publishers

Independent Booksellers Sue Amazon and Publishers Over E-Books
"Three independent, brick-and-mortar bookstores have filed a lawsuit against Amazon and the big six publishers, claiming that they are violating antitrust laws by collaborating to keep small sellers out of the e-book market. In a lawsuit filed on Friday in Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza and Posman Books, both based in New York, and Fiction Addiction, based in South Carolina, alleged that they and other small bookstores were being deliberately forced out of the digital market as a result of agreements between the big publishers and Amazon. . . . At the heart of the lawsuit is the idea that the top publishers signed secret contracts with Amazon that allowed them to code their e-books in such a way that the books could only be read on an Amazon Kindle device or a device with a Kindle app. The booksellers are pushing for open-source coding that would allow readers to buy e-books from any source and download them on any device. . . ."

Lessons Learned from Sheryl Sandberg's New Book
U.S. News & World Report
In her highly anticipated forthcoming book, Lean In, Sandberg extends that message into nearly 200 pages, in which she tells about her climb to the top, in both Washington and the tech world. A few of the more interesting details she reveals: She's ...

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A Titan's How-To on Breaking the Glass Ceiling
New York Times
A Titan's How-To on Breaking the Glass Ceiling. Before Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, started to write “Lean In,” her book-slash-manifesto on women in the workplace, she reread ...

Book News: Fan Fiction of Fan Fiction, Gendering Literature
New Yorker (blog)
Books & Bars, a twist on the conventional book club, is a nine-year-old program that combines books, booze, and comedy. A look at how three books—Joan Didion's “Play It As It Lays,” Suzanne Collins's “Hunger Games,” and Sylvia Plath's “The Bell Jar ...

New Yorker (blog)

A Branding Exercise for Your Business: Write a Book
It's easy to poke fun at the thousands of mediocre business books churned out annually. But planning a business book—regardless of whether it makes it to store shelves—is a useful exercise for business owners seeking to define their brand better and ...

Book Review: The Bankers' New Clothes
The authors frequently return to Kate's plight throughout the book. And they frequently mention two bankers in particular: Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, and Bob Diamond, the former CEO of Barclay's. The portrait does not flatter.

Book Buzz: New James Bond novel to be released in September
Reviewed: USA TODAY's Craig Wilson reviews After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey, a book in which the author searches for details surrounding his father's mysterious death. Mantel v. Middleton: Hilary Mantel, the Man Booker-winning author of Bring ...

Book News: New Bond, James Bond, Novel; Jane Austen's Love Lessons
NPR (blog)
Author and prominent anti-feminist Suzanne Venker on what Jane Austen teaches us about love: "When women make themselves so available to men, the thrill of the chase is gone. The harder you are to 'catch,' the more interesting you become." Whether or ...

NPR (blog)

James Bond novel by William Boyd out in September | Books | The Guardian: ". . . The title and plot of the new book remain under wraps, but the Fleming estate gave a hint of the style and the setting to woo fans who have been wowed by Daniel Craig's film portrayal of 007 in Skyfall. "We can reveal that this novel will see a return to the classic Bond era, featuring a 45-year-old 007 in 1969," the estate said. The novel will be published in Britain on 26 September by Jonathan Cape, Fleming's original publisher, and available from HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corp, in the US and Canada from early October. To keep the literary James Bond brand alive, his estate has invited various authors to continue the Bond story. The Bond catalogue is one of the most prized in publishing, with global sales of more than 100m copies.. . ."

Criticisms of a Classic Abound
New York Times
When the proposal for a book about the plight of the American housewife by a little-known journalist named Betty Friedan began circulating at the publishing house W. W. Norton in early 1959, not everyone was convinced that it was a world-changing ...

An Anthropologist's War Stories
New York Times
His new book, “Noble Savages,” has three themes. First, it is a beautifully written ...Second, it describes the author's gradual piecing together of how Yanomamö society actually works, a matter of great relevance to recent human evolution. Third, it ...

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