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An ode to some of the most frequently banned books -- VIDEO

As a ramp-up to Banned Books Week (BBW), the American Library Association and other supporters of the event have promoted this video, which celebrates the right to read freely. The clip was produced by Bookmans, an independent bookstore based in Arizona, and in addition to tastefully highlighting frequently banned books, it serves as a call for libraries and other bookstores to participate in BBW’s Virtual Read-Out.

Check out the video below and tell us your favorite controversial classic: READ FULL STORY

Chris Colfer bookstore appearance dates! -- FIRST LOOK

Glee star Chris Colfer has been on sold-out arena tours before, but come July, he’ll be embarking on a different kind of tour altogether. To promote his upcoming children’s book The Land of Stories (July 17), he’ll be giving book signings across the country, mostly in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco areas, as well as in Kurt Hummel’s home state of Ohio.

Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” the book will focus on twins Alex and Conner, who leave the real world behind and find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy-tale characters — witches, goblins, trolls — they’ve always read about.

See if Colfer is coming to a bookstore near you! READ FULL STORY

Barnes and Noble launches Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight: Some first impressions

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Barnes & Noble announced its GlowLight technology today for the Nook, and the bookseller is hoping the new device will be a game-changer. Personally, I’m a happy Kindle and iPad user, but the new light feature is tempting enough for me to consider adding the Nook to my e-reader arsenal. The GlowLight addresses a major concern for me — and two out of three Americans — by making it much easier to read in bed. It takes the e-ink technology of the Kindle (and the pre-existing Nook Touch) and gives it a backlight, a combination that neither the Kindle nor the iPad have yet had in the same device. READ FULL STORY

Incredible stop-motion books come out to play in an empty store -- VIDEO

The people who brought you this very cool video last year — of books arranging and re-arranging themselves on a bookshelf — have taken their love of curiously mobile tomes to a new level. In a cinematic new short, which takes on a Tim Burton- or LAIKA-esque stop-motion vibe, books come out to cavort in an empty store when the owners are away. Created by the folks at Toronto’s Type Books, hopefully the video inspires some support for independents — somehow it’d feel less magical if this dance happened after hours at Barnes & Noble, and e-books certainly don’t have these moves! Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

So you got a Kindle (or other e-reader) for Christmas! Here are 10 free books to fill it with

If Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos is to be believed, “many millions” of you received a Kindle product as a gift this holiday season. When I unwrapped my brand new Kindle last Christmas, I was itching to go on an e-book shopping bender. It can feel like you have every written word at your fingertips, and you want to read as much of what’s out there as you can. In the early days of Kindle ownership, I got download-happy and made some poor, money-wasting choices because buying books became so easy. If a friend recommended a title over lunch, I’d drop $12 on it on the spot without researching it first, or I’d get impatient and buy a title that someone would end up giving me a few days later.

When my e-book buying habit started getting expensive, I looked to the many free books available in the Kindle Store to feed my hungry reader. Many public domain books are classics, ones that you might want to revisit from school or others that you feel guilty for not having read. Haven’t read Anna Karenina or War and Peace? Now you can’t use the excuse that you don’t want to lug those huge tomes around. I’m ashamed to admit that somehow I’d managed to reach my twenties without having read a Dickens all the way through, so I dutifully made my way through Great Expectations and Bleak House. Even if you don’t plan on actually reading some of these free books (will I actually read my e-copy of Ulysses? Probably not), simply owning them can give you the warm fuzzies. Here are 10 books/authors that won’t cost you a penny in the Kindle store! READ FULL STORY

Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet unveiled -- CEO calls Amazon's Kindle Fire 'deficient'

As many anticipated, Barnes & Noble announced its entry into the tablet race this morning, and it’s clear that the bookseller is positioning its new 7-inch NOOK Tablet ($249) as a “faster, smaller” alternative to Amazon’s similarly sized Kindle Fire ($199). In fact, B&N CEO William Lynch devoted a large portion of his presentation, given to a room full of journalists in the Union Square Barnes & Noble bookstore, to disparaging the Kindle Fire, which ships Nov. 15. READ FULL STORY

Borders is gone. E-books are taking over. Now help us spotlight your favorite independent bookstores!

In the wake of Borders’ long, painful death, it’s easy to assume that it’s up to the scores of new e-readers and Barnes & Noble to pick at the carcass of the once-huge bookseller. But a cautiously optimistic New York Times article posits that independent and niche bookstores could fill part of the Borders vacuum. One such local bookshop, Wakefield Books in Wakefield, RI, moved into a space formerly occupied by a Waldenbooks (a subsidiary of Borders, also defunct). A good local bookstore knows its neighborhood better than a national corporation does; the Times lays out a formula for Wakefield’s success: “The right size store for the community (2,700 square feet), a good location (patronized by residents and summer visitors), dedicated employees (the new store kept the long-serving Waldenbooks staff), and a carefully chosen mix of titles, geared toward customers’ interests and employee picks.” Perhaps a dedication to and a deep knowledge of the community could, in a small way, make up for the convenience of e-books and the lower overhead of a corporation. READ FULL STORY

Barnes & Noble CEO on Borders' demise and the future of Borders customers

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch informed millions of Borders customers in an e-mail last night that they have until Oct. 29 to prevent their personal contact and purchase information from being transferred to Barnes & Noble. On Sept. 26, B&N bought a number of Borders’ assets, including Borders’ brand name, the website (which will be shutting down Oct. 14), and the customer list.

Lynch began the message with condolences regarding the demise of one of its biggest longtime competitors: READ FULL STORY

Borders employees list grievances: 'Ode to a bookstore death'

Yet another artifact from the slow, painful death of Borders has emerged. A fascinating look inside a (justifiably) angry bookseller’s mind, this manifesto of sorts, “Things We Never Told You: Ode to a bookstore death” informs us of what those helpful Borders folks had to put up with. (I have to admit — seeing the list, I realize I’ve been a bad customer in the past.) Hopefully, we’ll learn from our mistakes and treat the Barnes & Noble people better. The statements from the list are re-printed below — which ones do you agree with? READ FULL STORY

An empty Borders: Critique of the saddest photo ever

This photo by Reddit user Jessers25 is just heartbreaking. While the subject matter is inherently sad, the thoughtful composition is what elicits an even stronger emotional response. The first thing that comes to mind with this photograph is the “rule of thirds”; READ FULL STORY

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