Disappearing Bookstores . . . or Not

In response to an earlier post, Brick-and-Mortar Stores Shuttering at a Record Pace, TPV visitor Jenny Milchman posted a comment saying she thought PG was presenting a one-sided view. PG suggested she send him some links showing a contrary view. Jenny recently did so in a comment to the original post, but PG thought her response […]

My Life

My life my selfie! ―Ken Poirot   And it’s great to have all these readers and fans who, for the most part, are very nice people, saying they love the books and the TV show. But there are so many of them and it just doesn’t end. Oh, and ‘selfies’! If I could clap my […]

Amazon’s new $200 Echo Look camera will judge how you look

From The Verge: Amazon today announced a new device for the Echo family: the Echo Look, a “style assistant” camera that helps catalog your outfits and rates your look based on “machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists.” Imagine it as a smart mirror of sorts — you can talk to the Echo Look […]

The new bookstore bringing magic to Brooklyn

From CNN: When you think of Brooklyn as a hot travel destination, what comes to mind? Boutique hotels, artisanal restaurants and hip cocktail bars? Some visitors may come to visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art or stroll through Prospect Park. But a bookstore? It may seem unlikely, but this spring a humble bookstore is set […]

HMH Makes Another Round of Layoffs

From Publishers Weekly: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ramped up its cost cutting initiatives yesterday, a process that involved laying off approximately 20 people in its trade division, according to sources. There was no word on the number of jobs eliminated in the much bigger educational publishing business. An HMH spokesperson would not comment on the number […]

Publishing Still Matters – But Who’ll Pay For It?

From HuffPost UK: In 1761, a businessman opened shop in a modest address in London. Nobody noticed; after all, modest businesses open all the time. There’s no blue plaque on the site and most of us have never heard of him. But we should. Because when Joseph Johnson – a publisher originally from Liverpool – […]

College libraries ditch books so students can collaborate

From the Times-Picayune: The remodeled undergraduate library at the University of California, Berkeley, is modern and sleek. Its top two floors have low-slung couches, a nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved. The library has even dropped its rules against food and […]

When you’re obsessive

When you’re obsessive, like me, searching for something unattainable can become unhealthy… it’s like falling through the air and grabbing at the clouds. Johnny Wilkinson **** I sometimes picture these unfortunates as men and women being pecked to death by predatory birds. The birds are invisible – at least until a psychiatrist who is good, […]

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