books

Sunday Series: Top Growing Book and Magazine Sites for Fall

  Image from: Old Book / Shutterstock It’s not surprise that with September comes a bump in visitation to book and magazine sites. Students are back in class, teachers are constructing curriculums, and people are stocking up on reading material as the temperature drops and picnics become…well…less appetizing. The below are the top ten fastest growers in the Books and Magazines category for September. Most are educational resources but a few

The Extinction of Books: Fact or Fiction?

Image from: Books on Fire / Shutterstock At night, if you listen closely, you can hear the defeated sighs of librarians everywhere across America. Or maybe I’m exaggerating? I probably am.  I’ve been reading so much fiction lately on my Kindle that my thoughts are becoming almost aggressively poetic. And guess what? I’m not alone in my voracious intake of virtual literature. Recently Tech Crunch reported that ebook sales have

Sunday Series: Reading and Writing

Image from: Reading Photo / Shutterstock So, it’s officially summer (aka grueling heat that makes you wish you never complained about chilled, cozy winter) and what does that mean? Free time! Or at least envying those that can afford to sink into a lazier schedule once the sun starts shining. If you’re anything like me, you spend the year making mental notes about books you want to check out when

Best Sellers Battle for Traffic Online

Image from: Book Image / Shutterstock Have you read any good books lately? After finishing The Hunger Games trilogy, I was looking for a new read so I decided to check out the New York Times best sellers list to see which books were on top in the fiction category. Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James

Britannica Kills Print Encyclopedia: Will You Use the Online Version?

Image from: S. Miroff / Shutterstock Yesterday, Britannica announced that that the 2010 Encyclopaedia Britannica will be the last one that is printed in hard copy. Going forward, Britannica will publish content to Britannica Online in lieu of their traditional, 32-volume print edition. In fact, starting yesterday, the company is allowing free access to the Britannica Online. In a blog post by Jorge Caus, President of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., he notes,

Are Online Readers Looking for Good Reads or Quick Reads?

Image from: cosma/Shutterstock It seems that I’m always on the hunt for a new good book, but that I’m never taking the time to read the ones I have. I don’t actually need to buy any more books – I have about 5 unread ones sitting on my shelf at home! Interestingly enough, I spend most of my day reading short articles online and converting those I find important into

Boarding Up Borders: A Look Into the End of a Retailer

It’s not every day that a major national retailer goes out business, but in the middle of this summer, Borders announced such a day would be coming.  Now, in late September, all offline stores are closed, and the Borders online store finally ceased sales this past Tuesday, September 27th.  While booksellers can do fine existing solely as online retailers (just ask Amazon), how did the online store fare once physical

What To Buy…Where To Buy?

I was just looking at some data from our Compete Shopper Intelligence Survey that asked people what they intended to purchase online in the next six months. People are planning on buying a lot of music, movies, and books. Take a look: After looking at the results, I started thinking about the headlines in the Wall Street Journal during the last couple weeks – news of Borders filing for Chapter