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Some indie bookstores find ways to succeed online

Dec 10, 2021
Bookstore sales plunged during the pandemic, so independent sellers pivoted to the internet. They say the hybrid model is here to stay.
The pandemic spurred Raven Book Store owner Danny Caine, author of “How to Resist Amazon and Why,” to expand online sales.
Carlos Moreno

Supply chain snags hit books

Nov 10, 2021
Shipping delays, reduced printing capacity and a paper shortage plague publishers and retailers as holiday shopping gets underway.
Publishers are likely to prioritize large book retailers like Barnes & Noble, above, for distribution rather than smaller, indie stores.
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How one bookseller arrived at its next chapter

Nov 3, 2021
The co-owners of “A Good Used Book” in Los Angeles, California, are back in their retail space and looking ahead to the future.
This summer, Jenny Yang and Chris Capizzi, co-owners of A Good Used Book, began selling books in-person again after pivoting to online sales during pandemic lockdown.
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What are the parallels between parenting and running a business?

Aug 5, 2021
In her new book, economist Emily Oster presents a framework for data-based parenting decisions.
In her new book, economist Emily Oster argues for a data-based approach to parenting decisions.
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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

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"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.
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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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