links for 2011-06-27

  • "Independent bookstores, squeezed by competition from Internet retailers like Amazon, have long done something their online brethren cannot emulate: author events. And now many bookstores say they have no choice but to capitalize on this grand tradition. They are charging admission."

    Some good comments in this article from authors and bookstore owners. I kind of like the idea of using the purchase of a gift card as the price of admission. But as Ann Patchett points out, what about the people who can't afford to pay? Should they be shut out of this kind of cultural event? Tip o' the hat to Dan Doernberg at fairness.com for sending this article.

  • Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times for the second straight year was named best online columnist/blogger, large website, by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
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