On the Books August 2: Stan Barstow passes away and Half Price Books lends a helping second-hand

++Stan Barstow, the British author known primarily for his tough, realistic portraits of post-war, middle-class life in England, died yesterday at the age of 83. The Guardian‘s obituary takes a look at Barstow’s life and works and his impact on British literature.

++It’s nice to see a little book store camaraderie. According to the L.A. Times blog, a company rep from Half Price Books posted a note on a site for the unfortunate, soon-to-be former Borders employees, welcoming them to work at their stores. “I wanted to let you know that Half Price Books would like to encourage Borders employees to apply at our stores,” the rep wrote. Doesn’t that just make you feel all bubbly inside?

++In other fledgling bookstore news, there is a rumor floating around of a potential Apple takeover of Barnes and Noble. According to an “unproven source,” the tech giant plans to buy the country’s biggest book retailer and incorporate its ebook market into Apple’s already established iBookstore. The purchase would do away with Barnes and Noble’s Nook e-reader and see the addition of Apple stores to the already standing Barnes and Noble locations.

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