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Indie booksellers innovate to survive the age of Amazon

by Dan Kraker 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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Changemakers

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

by Christabel Nsiah-Buadi 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

The Mueller Report is an overnight bestseller

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 19, 2019
Book publishers are cashing in on the public's intrigue.
Robert Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill on September 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. 
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Independent bookstores are thriving, but a threat looms

by Renata Sago 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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How do books get adapted into movies?

by Janet Nguyen Dec 13, 2018
Young adult franchises can be very, very lucrative.
A still from the movie "Everything, Everything," adapted from the young adult book of the same name by author Nicola Yoon. 
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

Look it up: How is a 250-year-old encyclopedia company adapting to the digital age?

by Molly Wood 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

by Ashley Milne-Tyte 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"

by Amy Scott and Bennett Purser 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.
Courtesy of Seal Press
Marketplace Tech Blogs

New novel imagines tech industry "solving" childbirth

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Jun 4, 2018
Are there some things that just shouldn't be made easier?
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What North Korea looks like with capitalism "creeping in"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 1, 2018
In 2016, writer Travis Jeppesen became the first American to study at a North Korean university.
Men push their bicycles past portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in 2017.
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