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Sen. Amy Klobuchar says it's time to take on monopolies in Big Tech, pharma and more

"We have a serious competition problem," Klobuchar said. "It’s hurting our families, our workers, our democracy."
"We have this history in our country of rejuvenating capitalism and using the antitrust laws to do that," Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says.
Christopher Gregory-Rivera

British readers boost home libraries to up videoconferencing game

Feb 10, 2021
The rise in video calls has made people reach for the phone and inquire about investing in bigger, bolder personal libraries.
"Now we get about five to 10 queries every single week from people who are really faced with the prospect of having to turn their home environment into their office environment," said Nick Bates, CEO of Bookbarn International.
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Artist turns COVID doodle diary into self-published book

Jan 29, 2021
"Vic Lee's Corona Diary 2020" got a fitting virtual launch from a downstairs bathroom in the author's South London home.
An uncapped pen rests on a blank page of "Vic Lee's Corona Diary," a book of illustrations chronicling life under the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Vic Lee

"All the pandemic has done is shine a horrifyingly clear spotlight on every inequality in our community. And my community is the book community."

Dec 1, 2020
Independent bookseller Hannah Oliver Depp is struggling with suppliers in her mission to tell the stories of struggling people.
Loyalty Books, which centers the stories of people of color and queer people.
Courtesy of Hannah Oliver Depp

Every number is the story of what's counted, and what's not

Oct 12, 2020
In this book excerpt, Deborah Stone examines the way we calculate unemployment numbers.
Demonstrators rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in 2019.
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Book publishing has a tight calendar, even in a pandemic

Apr 2, 2020
Publishing can't easily go on hold until the fall — which is when publishers tend to release the year's biggest titles.
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The legacy of the crossword puzzle in times of crisis

Mar 24, 2020
Through wars, recessions and possibly even today’s pandemic, crossword puzzles serve as an escape from hard times.
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Indie booksellers innovate to survive the age of Amazon

Jan 7, 2020
The holiday season is the busiest time of year for many retailers, including the country's 2,500 hundred independent bookstores. Some, despite Amazon's dominance, are flourishing.
Angel and Bob Dobrow opened Zenith Bookstore in Duluth in 2017.
Dan Kraker

Aimée Felone: Creating books to help children of color see themselves

Jan 7, 2020
"It's extremely powerful to be in a position where the change that you're talking about is actually embodied in who you are."
Knights Of co-founder, Aimée Felone.
Courtesy Aimée Felone