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Book Bits: Golden Age of Books? Amazon’s ‘Used’ digital products. B and N: can it last? Mary Blume’s ‘Master of Us All’

  1. amazonlogoNews: Amazon Gains Patent on Market for ‘Used’ Digital Movies, Songs, Books – “there about to be a big legal war between Hollywood and – “Last week, the online retailing giant was granted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office a big, broad patent that covers a “secondary market for digital objects.”  Hollywood Reporter
  2. southernlitNews: Transitions at The Southern Literary Journal – “Fred Hobson is retiring after 23 years from co-editor of Southern Literary Journal. Co-editor Minrose Gwin writes, ‘In those years, he has shaped the course of southern literary criticism. Consistently open to new approaches and directions and graciously ushering in new scholars and their work in southern studies year after year, he has made the journal what it is today by always insisting on high standards and responsible, meaningful scholarship.’” New Pages
  3. News: Apple’s iBookstore Debuts Breakout Books Category, by Calvin Reid – “Stepping up its support of self-published and independently published books, the Apple iBookstore has launched a new category called Breakout Books.” Publishers Weekly
  4. Viewpoint: Why Traditional Publishing Is Really In A ‘Golden Age’ – While Mark Coker of Smashwords believes traditional publishing is becoming irrelevent, Michael Pietsch of Hachette Book Group says “We’re in a golden age for books.” NPR
  5. masterInterview: New book lifts veil on fashion designer Balenciaga. by Erin Geiger Smith – “When author Mary Blume moved from New York to Paris in the early 1960’s, a friend introduced her to Florette Chelot, the top saleswoman for fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. The friendship that developed with Chelot was the initial impetus for Blume’s new book, “The Master of Us All,” which borrows its title from designer Christian Dior’s description of Balenciaga.” Reuters
  6. Commentary: The Endangered Fate of Barnes & Noble, by Peter Osnos – “America’s last major book store chain is shuttering locations as it tries to evolve for a digital future. Is this simply a tough transition, or the beginning of the end?”  The Atlantic
  7. News: Lawrence Wright’s Scientology book stalled in Canada pending libel review, by Alexander C. Kaufman and Brent Lang – “”Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief” was released last month in the United States, eliciting criticism from the highly secretive church.  The book has not yet been published in the United Kingdom, where legal precedent in libel cases typically gives the plaintiff an advantage.” Reuters

“Book Bits” is compiled several times a week by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of contemporary fantasy adventure novels, including “Sarabande”

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2 thoughts on “Book Bits: Golden Age of Books? Amazon’s ‘Used’ digital products. B and N: can it last? Mary Blume’s ‘Master of Us All’

  1. A friend who is a BN employee went to work after hearing about the closings. He learned that BN is not closing stores. So, who knows.

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