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How to Save Books

You may remember such classics as "How the Internet Slaughtered Newspapers" and "How Napster Decimated the Music Business." It's always the same story: Digitalization destroys profits. Whether it's newspapers, magazines, CDs or books ("pBooks," they call them now), the electronic assault on tangible media follows a familiar pattern.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  02-15-2012  |  Books

Amazon to Begin Taxing Online Sales in Indiananew

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Monday that the state and have reached an agreement for the leading web retailer to begin collecting taxes on online sales.
NUVO  |  Jessica Wray  |  01-09-2012  |  Business & Labor

School Closures Make Sensenew

Oakland Unified won't be able to solve its problems until its shutters small schools that it can no longer afford.
East Bay Express  |  Robert Gammon  |  09-29-2011  |  Education

No Winners in Amazon Fiasconew

The botched deal to bring an Amazon distribution center to Lexington had nothing to do with what everyone thought it did: whether or not the company had to charge a sales tax to Palmetto State customers.
Charleston City Paper  |  Greg Hambrick  |  05-04-2011  |  Business & Labor

Borders is Bankrupt. Will Books Survive?

The next time you walk past the empty ghost store where your local Borders used to be, you may ask yourself: Are we becoming a post-literate society?
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  02-17-2011  |  Media

WikiLeaks Betrayed by Amazon, Visa, Mastercard--and Worst of All, the Medianew

The outrageous behavior of Amazon, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal directed at WikiLeaks represents a much greater threat to America than any of the alleged security breaches from Julian Assange.
The Village Voice  |  Michael Lacey  |  12-14-2010  |  Media

Apple's New iPad is Poised to Change the World of Publishing — Possiblynew

I can't tell you definitively whether or not the device will, in fact, change the future of publishing, or save newspapers and magazines, or, on the flip side, decimate bookstores and libraries Heck if I know. No one knows. Yet.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Jill Thomas  |  03-25-2010  |  Tech

Amazon's Supply Chain: When You've Got the Monopoly, You Set the Recordsnew

Tech writers working this past holiday weekend were blessed with a last-minute gift from Jeff Bezos: On Dec. 26, Amazon issued a press release proudly trumpeting the fact that on Christmas Day, for the first time ever, its online superstore sold more electronic books than regular books.
Seattle Weekly  |  Caleb Hannan  |  01-04-2010  |  Tech

Fajardo's Fight: Taking on Big Oil in Ecuadornew

Pablo Fajardo is the David in a David and Goliath-esque case pitting Ecuadorian Indians and mestizos against major American oil companies.
Eugene Weekly  |  Natalie Miller and Camilla Mortensen  |  08-13-2009  |  Environment

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