Save the date: Ashland Book & Author Festival

Save the date, readers & writers! The Ashland Book & Author Festival will take place at Southern Oregon University’s fabulous Hannon Library on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events include¬†readings, workshops, panels, a book fair, children’s events — and raffles and drawings to win great prizes (i.e., books!). Among the highlights… …

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Checking out an e-book at your (virtual) library

The idea that you have to visit your local library in person is one that I still can’t kick (maybe because I still love going to the library). But the fact is, with a growing number of libraries, you can now check out and read books without leaving your house. Of course, you do need …

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If e-books are the new paperbacks, why are they so expensive?

I’m not the only one who’s been saying that paperbacks are the new hardcovers, and e-books are the new paperbacks. Paperbacks are getting more expensive as publishers go with smaller print runs or print-on-demand (like us). And e-books are generally priced under $10, due in part to Amazon’s revenue-share incentives, but also due to the …

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When we say we love libraries, we mean it

This is not exactly mainstream news, but the major publishers have been battling with libraries for the past few years over the pricing and management of e-books. It boils down the money, basically. Publishers have been increasing the price of e-books to more than triple the price of the equivalent paper books.¬†To get an idea, …

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