Archive for October, 2009

Three Hauntingly Unforgettable Literary Houses : NPR

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Three Hauntingly Unforgettable Literary Houses : NPR:

Just in time for Halloween, NPR presents this list of three formidably haunted houses: “In some novels, the house is as much a force as any of the people in the story. When that happens, the human characters had better beware.”

Big News in Ebooks

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Here’s a run-down of some of the latest news in the continuing ebook wars:

E-Book Fans Keep Format in Spotlight: From The New York Times.

Nook from Barnes & Noble, available for preorder now.

Borders how has the Sony Reader available in several editions:

A New Electronic Reader, the Nook, Enters the Market: The New York Times‘s take on the new ereader from Barnes & Noble.

Related Post: Nation’s Retailers Engage In Online Book Pricing War

Nation’s Retailers Engage In Online Book Pricing War : NPR

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Nation’s Retailers Engage In Online Book Pricing War : NPR:

Anyone who has ever cringed at the price of a new hardcover book will be interested in news of the current price war between some of the largest retailers:

The price war took off last week when Walmart, in a bid to compete with Amazon for the online market, cut its price for online pre-orders of 10 upcoming best-sellers to $10. Amazon responded by bringing its price down to $10. So Walmart lowered the price to $9. Amazon followed suit. By Friday afternoon, Walmart had dropped its price to $8.99. Then, on Monday, Target joined the fray, announcing that it, too, would sell online pre-orders for certain best-sellers at $8.99.

Sure, it would be nice to get the hottest new best seller at a reduced cost. But read the rest of this NPR article for possible ramifications of this pricing policy on the entire publishing industry. It’s hard to decide whether, in the long run, a price war like this will help or hurt the book-consuming public.