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Parnassus Book Services in Yarmouth #books

Parnassus Book Services in Yarmouth #books

And so begins vacation 2014. #books #thegoldfinch

And so begins vacation 2014. #books #thegoldfinch

She literally sleeps with books sometimes, folks. #books

She literally sleeps with books sometimes, folks. #books

Why authors lost the book wars long before Amazon’s dustup with Hachette

suricattus:

dduane:

A painful overview.

Wait, someone was pitying the PUBLISHERS?

Ok but see here’s the problem. This article is not actually about margins and how much authors make and how the publishers are the big bad. This article is about the history of publishing IN AMERICA and how European conglomerates own almost all of The Big Five. 

IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE OVERARCHING PROBLEM WITH AMAZON:

MONOPOLY

I don’t argue that Amazon isn’t a cool company that profits from a consumer culture where we want to buy and waste more every single fucking day. 

The problem is that if Amazon willfully drives other publishing houses out of business then they get to dictate what does and does not get published.

Sure if the guy in charge is a decent human being, we still have a diverse library to choose from.

But what if he’s not? And he’s usually not in the grand scheme of history.

What happens when he’s an asshole who doesn’t like women or doesn’t like black people or really likes torture porn?

What happens when he wants to only publish text books with abstinence lessons instead of sex ed? 

What happens when he thinks creationism is THE way to go and evolution should no longer be taught in school?

He gets to because he’s the only asshole in town with a printing press.

Obviously these are extreme examples but take a second and look past what is basically a “WOE IS AMERICAN PUBLISHING” article. This writer is abhorring businessmen making decisions for an industry that is currently BUCKLING under pressure from a businessman doing EXACTLY the same thing. 

Just because he’s from Seattle and the company is American doesn’t make it better.

missa-belle said: Okay, so I'm really trying to stop shopping for books on Amazon, but are we still allowed to buy things from 3rd parties (used books, audio CDs, etc.) My town doesn't have any bookstores, and the local library is limited. (There's a used bookstore in the town where I work, but if they don't have the books I want, they actually order them from Amazon.) Also do you know if Amazon will delay delivery of a Hachette Audio CD from a 3rd party? If not, where do you recommend I buy Audiobooks? Thanks.

Yes! Here is my regular answer which I gave to beerburritowhiskey last week:

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Here are links to the awesome stores I mention here that you can BASICALLY treat just like Amazon but they’re NOT Amazon and are thus awesome. 

wordbookstores

powells

skylightbooks

Additionally, you can totally buy from 3rd party sellers though of all the options, I would recommend just finding a new online vendor like one of these. While Amazon is great to do the whole “marketplace” thing, they take about 30% of the sale price of the book you buy which means that if you buy a book for $.01 (because that seems to be the low price on everything ever tried to sell there [no I don’t sell there anymore]) the person you’re trying to give money to is probably spending more to send it to you what with buying stamps and driving to a post office and standing in line, and Amazon is still making money on a book.

You can frequently find used books through places like Powells - I definitely have in the past.

You might also try out Oyster which is a service I am hearing a lot of good things about from my friends over at bookriot. If you do, let me know how you like it. 

beerburritowhiskey said: Hi Rachael! Given the Amazon kerfuffle with Hachette, what are some great online alternatives to buying books that you would recommend? Stephen Colbert mentioned Powell's and they look like a great option. Are there others that you like? I'll take my answer on the air, thank you.

I am a huge, huge fan of Kobo for e-books. They have an app you can put on your phone if you don’t want to buy a dedicated device and the library is pretty awesome. Also, you can register your account through bookstores like wordbookstores and then it’s like you’re buying the e-book direct from them. 

It’s also a great idea to check out the big indies to see if they will ship you books just like Amazon does but from their stores rather than from Amazon. powells is awesome - I got Matt Debenham’s collection of short stories from them. wordbookstores is also great. skylightbooks is fabulous. And there are many more…I just don’t have a comprehensive list at my fingertips. 

In terms of getting e-books though, I am a swearer-by of Kobo. I adore my little e-reader. And when I can’t find something in their library for sale, I can find it on iTunes so I just buy there. 

laughterkey:

adulthoodisokay:

So I got bored and turned myself into an anime character using this website. 



LOOK LOOK

laughterkey:

adulthoodisokay:

So I got bored and turned myself into an anime character using this website

LOOK LOOK

sosuperawesome:

Bookshelves by FictionFurniture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(via fuckyeahbookarts)

If you’re not following jjchristie, and you love books then you’re doing it wrong.

If you’re not following jjchristie, and you love books then you’re doing it wrong.

8 Classic Writers Reimagined as Punk Rockers

Thank you buzzfeedbooks. It’s everything I never knew I always wanted.

I Read Ahead

I read ahead.

I’m not ashamed.

I get into a story. I get about 50-100 pages into it, and I have to know what I’m reading towards. I’m impatient. Don’t blame me. Blame the story for being good. Blame the parents who gave me my way all the time as a kid. I’m the youngest and I was spoiled rotten. Blame my awesome brain.

But really, I’m kind of weird. I like spoilers.

tumblr_m40qmbr0g31r4bcmd

I like knowing the outcome.…

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Critical Linking: May 10, 2014

bookriot:

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

About 420 people formed the chain Tuesday in this town of about 690, linking the two libraries. For about an hour and a half, they moved about 3,000 books before calling it a day.

When a small Iowa town gets a new library, what…

This amazon article is so unsurprising that I laughed. They’re like bullies on the playground, and thanks to special interest lobbies the government says “Monopoly? Nooooo what’s a monopoly? Not Amazon!”

Ridiculous. That’s why I haven’t bought a book from them for 5 years.

Parnassus Book Services in Yarmouth #books

Parnassus Book Services in Yarmouth #books

And so begins vacation 2014. #books #thegoldfinch

And so begins vacation 2014. #books #thegoldfinch

She literally sleeps with books sometimes, folks. #books

She literally sleeps with books sometimes, folks. #books

Why authors lost the book wars long before Amazon’s dustup with Hachette

suricattus:

dduane:

A painful overview.

Wait, someone was pitying the PUBLISHERS?

Ok but see here’s the problem. This article is not actually about margins and how much authors make and how the publishers are the big bad. This article is about the history of publishing IN AMERICA and how European conglomerates own almost all of The Big Five. 

IT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE OVERARCHING PROBLEM WITH AMAZON:

MONOPOLY

I don’t argue that Amazon isn’t a cool company that profits from a consumer culture where we want to buy and waste more every single fucking day. 

The problem is that if Amazon willfully drives other publishing houses out of business then they get to dictate what does and does not get published.

Sure if the guy in charge is a decent human being, we still have a diverse library to choose from.

But what if he’s not? And he’s usually not in the grand scheme of history.

What happens when he’s an asshole who doesn’t like women or doesn’t like black people or really likes torture porn?

What happens when he wants to only publish text books with abstinence lessons instead of sex ed? 

What happens when he thinks creationism is THE way to go and evolution should no longer be taught in school?

He gets to because he’s the only asshole in town with a printing press.

Obviously these are extreme examples but take a second and look past what is basically a “WOE IS AMERICAN PUBLISHING” article. This writer is abhorring businessmen making decisions for an industry that is currently BUCKLING under pressure from a businessman doing EXACTLY the same thing. 

Just because he’s from Seattle and the company is American doesn’t make it better.

missa-belle said: Okay, so I'm really trying to stop shopping for books on Amazon, but are we still allowed to buy things from 3rd parties (used books, audio CDs, etc.) My town doesn't have any bookstores, and the local library is limited. (There's a used bookstore in the town where I work, but if they don't have the books I want, they actually order them from Amazon.) Also do you know if Amazon will delay delivery of a Hachette Audio CD from a 3rd party? If not, where do you recommend I buy Audiobooks? Thanks.

Yes! Here is my regular answer which I gave to beerburritowhiskey last week:

image

Here are links to the awesome stores I mention here that you can BASICALLY treat just like Amazon but they’re NOT Amazon and are thus awesome. 

wordbookstores

powells

skylightbooks

Additionally, you can totally buy from 3rd party sellers though of all the options, I would recommend just finding a new online vendor like one of these. While Amazon is great to do the whole “marketplace” thing, they take about 30% of the sale price of the book you buy which means that if you buy a book for $.01 (because that seems to be the low price on everything ever tried to sell there [no I don’t sell there anymore]) the person you’re trying to give money to is probably spending more to send it to you what with buying stamps and driving to a post office and standing in line, and Amazon is still making money on a book.

You can frequently find used books through places like Powells - I definitely have in the past.

You might also try out Oyster which is a service I am hearing a lot of good things about from my friends over at bookriot. If you do, let me know how you like it. 

beerburritowhiskey said: Hi Rachael! Given the Amazon kerfuffle with Hachette, what are some great online alternatives to buying books that you would recommend? Stephen Colbert mentioned Powell's and they look like a great option. Are there others that you like? I'll take my answer on the air, thank you.

I am a huge, huge fan of Kobo for e-books. They have an app you can put on your phone if you don’t want to buy a dedicated device and the library is pretty awesome. Also, you can register your account through bookstores like wordbookstores and then it’s like you’re buying the e-book direct from them. 

It’s also a great idea to check out the big indies to see if they will ship you books just like Amazon does but from their stores rather than from Amazon. powells is awesome - I got Matt Debenham’s collection of short stories from them. wordbookstores is also great. skylightbooks is fabulous. And there are many more…I just don’t have a comprehensive list at my fingertips. 

In terms of getting e-books though, I am a swearer-by of Kobo. I adore my little e-reader. And when I can’t find something in their library for sale, I can find it on iTunes so I just buy there. 

ratsoff:

(via nat-fab.)

ratsoff:

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(Source: silentdefender, via laughterkey)

laughterkey:

adulthoodisokay:

So I got bored and turned myself into an anime character using this website. 



LOOK LOOK

laughterkey:

adulthoodisokay:

So I got bored and turned myself into an anime character using this website

LOOK LOOK

there’s gotta be an All Souls trilogy fandom hiding somewhere…right? right?

holding-onto-the-world:

i cant be the only person in tumblr in love with these books

image

YOU RANG?

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sosuperawesome:

Bookshelves by FictionFurniture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(via fuckyeahbookarts)

If you’re not following jjchristie, and you love books then you’re doing it wrong.

If you’re not following jjchristie, and you love books then you’re doing it wrong.

8 Classic Writers Reimagined as Punk Rockers

Thank you buzzfeedbooks. It’s everything I never knew I always wanted.

I Read Ahead

I read ahead.

I’m not ashamed.

I get into a story. I get about 50-100 pages into it, and I have to know what I’m reading towards. I’m impatient. Don’t blame me. Blame the story for being good. Blame the parents who gave me my way all the time as a kid. I’m the youngest and I was spoiled rotten. Blame my awesome brain.

But really, I’m kind of weird. I like spoilers.

tumblr_m40qmbr0g31r4bcmd

I like knowing the outcome.…

View On WordPress

Critical Linking: May 10, 2014

bookriot:

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

About 420 people formed the chain Tuesday in this town of about 690, linking the two libraries. For about an hour and a half, they moved about 3,000 books before calling it a day.

When a small Iowa town gets a new library, what…

This amazon article is so unsurprising that I laughed. They’re like bullies on the playground, and thanks to special interest lobbies the government says “Monopoly? Nooooo what’s a monopoly? Not Amazon!”

Ridiculous. That’s why I haven’t bought a book from them for 5 years.

there’s gotta be an All Souls trilogy fandom hiding somewhere…right? right?
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