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The Hong Kong Bookseller Who’s Keeping ‘Banned’ Books On His Shelves

“In Hong Kong’s densely packed Causeway Bay district, a red sign with a portrait of Chairman Mao looms over the bustling storefronts and shoppers. The sign indicates that there is coffee, books and Internet on offer inside.Customers go past a window where travelers can exchange foreign currencies, up a narrow staircase and into a room stacked high with books. The walls are painted red, and decked out with 1960s Cultural Revolution propaganda posters and other Mao-era memorabilia. The aroma of coffee and the sound of jazz waft over the book-browsing customers.” (via NPR)

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Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says

“After dipping its toes into brick-and-mortar retailing last year with its first physical bookstore, online giant Amazon.com Inc. is poised to dive into the deep end. The Seattle company plans to open as many as 400 bookstores, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., said on an earnings call on Tuesday. “You’ve got Amazon opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400,” said Mr. Mathrani in response to a question about mall traffic.” (via WSJ)

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Bob Brody: Requiem for a bookstore

“A girl about 5 years old sits on the floor with Dr. Seuss. A teenage boy in a hoodie checks out the young-adult fiction. A white-haired man flips through a military history.They’re all visiting the Barnes & Noble on Austin Street in Forest Hills, Queens, on a recent Saturday afternoon. And right now the joint is jumping. Eleven customers stand on line, three cashiers at the ready.But seeing is deceiving, as James Joyce wrote. For soon this bookstore, at this location since 1995 and all of three blocks from where I live, will close shop. The rent is going to triple, and Target will move in. A petition to save the store, signed by 5,700 local residents, went for naught.” (via NY Daily News

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In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback

“Early next month, Pablo Sierra is opening a used bookstore in Northwest Washington — an unlikely bet in the digital age made even more inconceivable, given that his only experience with books is reading them. “I guess it is pretty crazy,” Sierra said, echoing an observation shared by some of his friends. Or maybe not. Sierra, like ­other book lovers, has read articles about slowing e-book sales and watched as independent bookstores such as Politics and Prose thrive, catering to readers who value bookish places as cultural hubs and still think the best reading device is paper.” (via The Washington Post)

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Amazon Killed the Bookstore. So It’s Opening a Bookstore

“Bookstore owners already loathe Amazon for gutting the cost of books online and driving so many brick and mortar shops out of business. Now, the online retailer is both beating them and joining them, with the opening of its first physical bookstore today in Seattle. Amazon Books, as the new store is called, will be like any other Main Street bookstore (remember those?), except that Amazon will use the troves of data it collects from its online customers to stock the shelves. That means its book displays will feature real Amazon book reviews, and the store will showcase books that have amassed the most pre-orders online. The books will also come with Amazon’s trademark low price tags. (via Wired)

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