Happy Independent Bookstore Day 2020!

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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! This is a great event that celebrates indie bookstores across the United States on the last day of April. With the world in upheaval, however, the event was pushed back to this month. People are encouraged to visit and support their local bookstore, but if people are still skittish to have any form of interaction with people, don’t fret! There are some great virtual events to help celebrate this great day!

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Wizarding World Introduces Harry Potter at Home

During these unprecedented times, Wizarding World is bringing Harry Potter home to it’s readers.

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Deals & Offers on Books & Reading

Books and reading are the perfect remedies to help ease stress and anxiety and bring people together, even at a time when they have to be apart. If you are looking for ways to bring books into your life without breaking the “social distancing” parameters, here are some new deals that are being offered to the public in this time of crisis:

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Problems of an Overworked Librarian #127

Trying to explaining the different Ebook lending platforms the library has…

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Friday Debate: E-book Access

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Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:

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Friday Debate: Reading Across Formats

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Amazon Books Won’t Bring Indie Bookstores to Their Knees

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Amazon Books: Located at The Shops at Columbus Circle, New York, NY

When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:

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By creating their online business, Amazon has cornered a huge market of book buying which most of the purchasing is done online. So why would Amazon take the risk of opening a brick and mortar bookstore, especially when a lot of them have been closing and people continue to fear their extinction?

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E-Book Sales Decline As Paperback Sales Rise

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Those who said the printed word was dead might want to take that back.

A news report suggests that people are ditching e-books and are returning to the good old fashioned printed books. E-book sales have declined 18.7% in the U.S. over a period of nine months in the beginning of 2016, according to the Association of American Publishers. While e-books’ sales decreased, paperbacks and hardcovers sales increased.

A similar trend occurred in the UK. As reported by the Guardian newspaper:

Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011 – the year the ebook craze took off as Jeff Bezos’ market-dominating Amazon Kindle took the UK by storm.

It is the second year running that sales of consumer ebooks – the biggest segment of the £538m ebook market, which fell 3% last year – have slumped as commuters, holidaymakers and leisure readers shelve digital editions in favour of good old fashioned print novels.

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Oyster Closes The Book On Its Operations

The company that was tagged the “Netflix for books” is closing the book. Literally.

Oyster announced that there online book subscription service will be shutting down and offering refunds to their customers over the next few weeks. As reported:

The news comes as a bit of a surprise—Oyster was one of the major players in the e-book subscription space along with San Francisco startup Scribd and Amazon, which offers all-you-can eat reading through Kindle Unlimited. Unlike Amazon, however, Oyster had the backing of the Big Five publishers—Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster—who offered their books on the service. (The Big Five also work with Scribd.) The e-book subscription business model is based on paying publishers a sum of money after “a fair portion” of a book is read, as well as sharing anonymized reading activity with publishers to help them target readers.”

Unfortunately, this is not a surprise. With better services out there (*cough* your public library), these type of online book subscriptions don’t appear to have a viable future. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and Scribd are still continuing, but you have to wonder for how long.

To read the full article, you can find it here.