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.
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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.
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Independent bookstores are thriving, but a threat looms

Dec 31, 2018
This isn’t a bad time to be in the independent bookstore business. The American Booksellers Association says there’s been a nearly 31 percent increase in the number of indie bookstores since 2009. The indie renaissance coincides with the collapse of…
Could the "indie renaissance" that has been helping independent bookstores thrive also cause their downfall?
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Look it up: How is a 250-year-old encyclopedia company adapting to the digital age?

Dec 13, 2018
Encyclopedia Britannica has a history of being pretty revolutionary.
Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelf at the New York Public Library in 2012.
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Cookbooks are still going strong

Nov 26, 2018
For a lot of people, a physical cookbook is a way to escape a screen – and make some memories.
Matt Sartwell, managing partner at New York City bookshop Kitchen Arts & Letters.
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Busting the motherhood myth of "having it all"

Nov 15, 2018
A journalist and parent digs into how our ideas of motherhood came about in the U.S.
A cropped version of journalist Amy Westervelt's book.
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