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A Win for Publishers at Book Expo America

[Article published by The Motley Fool, June 6, 2004]

The demise of print continues to be a story that garners the focus of journalists writing about books and publishing. Apparently it’s easier to write the same story over and over rather than actually digging a bit and parsing the numbers and information specific to the industry.

Following on the heels of Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City, publishing’s premier annual event, here are a few of my thoughts from the perspective of a writer, an author, and an independent publisher.

Battle continues for publishers
Since Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) is always the elephant in the room, let’s just acknowledge them early and be done with it. What’s left to say about the online retailing behemoth, whose practices continue the trend toward shuttering smaller, independent bookstores? It appears that Jeff Bezos will not take his foot of the accelerator of Amazon until every last bricks and mortar store is boarded up. Continue reading

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