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I’ve been conversing with two authors I know and my wife about a windmill titling idea: what could a small book store do in order to survive the current decline.  One of these authors, Damon Courtney, is an old friend (I think we met in 1990 or ’91 playing Dungeons & Dragons), who also maintains The Pauper’s Book Club for inexpensive Kindle Books.  The other, Peter Cawdron, I met after offering up my critiques and support for his new writing project.  The conversations occurs through e-mails which were general in nature.  I’m not sure if such an idea if viable, but it’s a fun exercise.  What do you think a local book store could do to not only survive, but thrive in an industry dominated by Amazon.com?


So, I’ve owned my iPad for a few weeks now and I absolutely love this device. I eagerly wanted to see how the iPad fared as an e-reader, particularly when compared to my trusty Kindle.

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My iPad is hours away.  Here’s globalization at work.  Designed in America, with components manufactured in Japan, China, and/or Taiwan, plus a few more I’m unaware of (Apple sources many providers for the same components), and assembled in Shenzhen, China – full of content and software written in the United States and Europe – few things embody modern globalization like the iPad.  Mine left that factory in Shenzhen on April 11, then to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Alaska, Tennessee, Dallas, Fort Worth, and now its on a truck heading my way – all in 7 days, including a weekend.

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