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What Does Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery Mean for the Book Industry?

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Amazon.com has been both a benefit and a drawback to us over the years. Yes, two-day shipping is great, plus you can find pretty much anything on their site. At the same time, local and family owned businesses are losing out on much-needed support and customers. Shopping local is also better for the environment. Over the years, Amazon.com has tried to introduce same-day delivery service, and while this has worked in some places, it’s always been understood that geographically, they can’t be in all places at once. But when it comes to book deliveries, that might not be the case anymore. In an interview with with Book Business, Jon Conley, the CEO of Borderland Advisors who has been in the…

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The Endurance of Howard Kaplan, Author of ‘The Damascus Cover’

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Last month, author Howard Kaplan wrote a BookTrib piece about the adaptation of his book, The Damascus Cover, 40 years after its initial release. The book, which had been out of print for decades was recently re-released and is enjoying a renewed success.  BookTrib had the opportunity to chat with Howard Kaplan and discuss the book’s endurance over the last 40 years, the journey to the big screen, what inspired him to write the story and how important reconciliation, the theme of his book, is to the world. BookTrib: The Damascus Cover is the result of a trip you took to Syria in 1971. What about that region made you want to capture it in novel form? HK: That’s exactly correct.…

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Go Half-Crazy Over Whole Foods: New Prices, New Books

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Something amazing happened yesterday for those of us who try to eat healthier, but stumble at the price of the -better-for-us foods: internet giant Amazon.com, Inc.— who bought the Whole Foods Market chain— dropped the retailer’s prices by 43 percent. The store, where once the cost of a banana was about the same price as the cost of a gallon of gasoline, now has prices that rival other grocery store chains on some, not all, food items. Over time, Amazon intends to have the prices in Whole Foods Markets as competitive as other brick and mortar change, but to continue serving up the same quality and socially conscious foods the store is known for. Now that Whole Foods had become…

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15 Books Fit for a Prince: Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Prince’s Iconic First VMA Performance

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‘Earlier, I had been talking stuff in a violent room’—- okay, it wasn’t a ‘violent room,’ more like a violet one. Purple. THE color that belongs to only one artist and no one will own it the way he has for more than 35 years. In this purple space, I was contemplating and discussing what the VMAs mean to me this year, 16 months after Prince’s passing. Like many, I still roam these musical streets in a constant state of WTH!?, but I am coping by listening to what he left us, watching his films and videos and fervently reading things I hadn’t read since I was 12, new books, hard to find out-of-print books and even a few advance…

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Finding Your Next Awesome Read: 5 Tips from Bestseller Lists to Forums

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When you read as much as we do, it can be hard to find a good new book. There are so many reads out there that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, often leading to a disappointing choice or wasted money and time. Avid readers have all kinds of tricks for picking out new books, from extensive to-be-read lists to spending hours and hours making stacks in the library. But we’re here to make the process just a little bit easier. Not only do we make sure to highlight new books we love and give you honest reviews on our site, but we’ve also rounded up some tips that we use personally in our search for…

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Love Classic Books? We Have Free Kindle Suggestions for You!

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If you love books as much as we do, then you’re always up for a good read – no matter what time, what weather, or what day. What’s the best way to feed your book obsession? Free books, of course! At BookTrib, we are constantly suggesting new reads to people who love all genres – from romance, to mystery, to horror and beyond! And when you subscribe to BookTrib.com you will get our weekly free book giveaways right in your inbox! If you are a lover of all things classical, including your favorite books, then you’ve come to the right place because today we have many suggestions for some of your classical faves that we want to share with you.…

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Find Your Groove: 3 Books to Spice Up Your Love Life Before Season 4 of Masters of Sex

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Masters of Sex returns September 11, 2016 on Showtime and the premiere can’t come soon enough. It’s been what feels like an eternity since we last saw Virginia Johnson and Dr. Williams Masters pushing the boundaries of societal norms with their pioneering research in science and human sexuality. The show, which is loosely based on the biography by Thomas Maier of the same name stars Lizzy Caplan (yes, Janis from Mean Girls) and Michael Sheen, follows an intriguing story set in the 1950s and 1960s centered around relationships, sex and paving the way for sexual beings of today. Way ahead of their time, Masters and Johnson use patients, call girls, friends and each other (I ‘ship it!) to navigate and…

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In Case You Missed It: You Can Physically Walk into This Amazon Bookstore!

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In the world of OMG-I-had-no-idea-this-existed, Amazon has an actual brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle, WA. Located in the same city as the Amazon headquarters, the store actually opened in November 2015! It doesn’t matter if this is kind of old news, this bookstore looks pretty awesome. The books are displayed face-out to make shopping more pleasant on the eye, and books aren’t just sorted by category — they’re sorted by their Amazon ranking/reviews! Plus, the books are pretty cheap; if they’re on sale online, then they’re on sale in the store as well. While you might not have the quirky selections you can get in an independent bookstore, the books are organized according to what’s popular based on rank and ratings,…

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4 Books to Read After You Binge Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle

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Sometimes I’ll casually watch a show for years, just popping in to catch an episode or two. But other times I’ll become instantly obsessed, binging every episode I can get my hands on in a matter of days. This was my recent experience with the Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle, which I watched in a flurry of laughter, tears and the occasional swoon. For such an awesome show, Mozart in the Jungle has been flying mostly under the radar, at least until it cleaned up at the Golden Globes this year. And why wouldn’t it? Gael Garcia Bernal is awesome as Rodrigo, the young upstart conductor who takes over the New York Symphony from the older, traditional Maestro Thomas (Malcolm McDowell).…

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Book Excerpt! Helen Harper’s ‘Honour Bound’

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Urban Fantasy author Helen Harper found international success with her series Blood Destiny. In January, Harper released the new Highland Magic series and her first book, Gifted Thief, has rave reviews on Amazon. Last week, the second book in the series, Honour Bound, was released and we’re excited to be able to offer the first chapter as an excerpt! Read on and don’t miss out on this awesome new series from Harper. Chapter One Old habits die hard. It wasn’t entirely my fault though; if the Sidhe from the Clan Carnegie hadn’t been quite so brash about flashing his wealth on the street I’d have left him alone. But when he stepped out of his chauffeur-driven, brick-red SUV, summarily pushing an elder…

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Scamming Amazon: Creating a Fake Bestseller in One Week

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It’s no secret that the world of self-publishing on Amazon has been mired in controversy for years. But recently, I came across a story about an Amazon “success” that I feel perfectly illustrates the problem. This is John Havel. He’s a writer for The Hustle, a publication that’s currently embroiled in a month-long series about people who “game the system.” Havel penned an article about the insanely scammy world of Amazon Kindle eBooks last week. And while most people would turn away from the entire topic in disgust after learning just how seedy the world of eBooks really is, Havel instead decided to put this newfound knowledge to the test. He wondered just how hard it would be to scam…

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Amazon’s Per-Page-Read a Huge Blow to Self-Publishing World?

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July 1 was a nightmare for a number of self-published authors. At a time when e-readers are ruling the book industry, many have been concerned about how they will receive payment for their written, excuse me, digital word. Enter Amazon, who believes it has come up with the solution for this “problem” with a new payment system for those indie authors who opt-in to Kindle Direct Publishing Select, as well as books that are rented through Kindle Unlimited or the Lending Library. Instead of being paid once a reader reaches 10 percent of the book, which was deemed “unfair” because the longer the book, the more pages that need to be read to meet that quota, these authors will now be paid for each page read.…

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