March 2nd, 2011

How Apple might have saved Barnes & Noble

The Author’s Guild reports that it’s been a year since: “Amazon turned out the lights on nearly all of Macmillan's books, removing the "buy buttons" from the print and electronic editions of thousands of titles. Macmillan authors, many of whom had linked their websites to Amazon pages that were suddenly disabled and useless, found themselves cut off from readers who frequented the dominant online bookstore.”

Read on to find out about how Apple - specifically the iPad - may have saved Barnes & Noble by giving Kindles a run for the money.



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I’m so proud of Rebecca Skloot

I met Rebecca virtually several years ago when I saw her byline in the New York Times. I used to work with her mother, Betsy, and know her father, Floyd, a poet, a little bit. I figured there couldn’t be too many Skloots, and I was right. We emailed back and forth a bit. I knew she was working on a book.

And then came the huge success of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about a woman whose cells were used without her or her family’s knowledge or consent to further scientific research.

Read about how Rebecca is giving back to Henriett’s descendants here.



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