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Fire Sale. Bankrupt Borders attracts bidders.
Hold on a second. PW’s Shelftalker blogger responds to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s controversial “Darkness Too Visible” essay in the Wall Street Journal.
In Defense. Novelist Janice Harayda offers a defense of Gurdon’s controversial attack on dark, grim Young Adult fiction.
Raising kids; reading books. Novelist and dad Christopher John Farley looks at the Gurdon controversy and his own young son’s reading.
Steve Jobs 2.0. A forthcoming Jobs biography shoots up the list on Amazon’s business book preorders.
Have I got a book for you. Despite a tough economy and e-books, Books & Books, Mitchell Kaplan’s 7-store Florida chain, just keeps growing.
A brand new bundle. As part of its reboot/digital strategy, DC Comics announces bundling of print and digitial comics ($4.99) and new pricing strategy (digital price drops after 4 weeks).
Borders Cuts: The Detroit Free Press examines Borders most recent staff cuts.
Apple Without Steve Jobs: The NYT contemplates the implications of Steve Jobs’ latest medical leave.
The $80 Kindle: Don’t hold your breath for it, but analyst predict that’ll be the price of an e-reader in 2013. From All Things Digital.
Used Book Investment: Thrift Recycling Management, a huge Internet used book distributor, just got $8.5 million in venture capital. From the Seattle Times.
Snooki Ambushed: A producer from the ‘O’Reilly Factor’ ambushed Snooki at a book tour event to entice her to come on the show. He was kicked out. From Mediaite.
Steve Jobs announced today in a memo to his staff that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from Apple for medical reasons.
Here’s is the complete text of Jobs’ note care of TUAW:
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.
I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.
The last time Jobs took a medical leave from Apple was for his 2009 liver transplant. TUAW also reports
that Apple’s stock is down in overseas exchanges in light of the news of Jobs’ leave.
Who Wrote O?: The Week has some theories as to who wrote the upcoming novel about President Obama.
You Earn More Than Steve Jobs: According to Pocket Lint, his salary at Apple is $1 per year.
John Gross Dies at 75: Critic and editor John Gross has died. From the NYT.
The Mystery Bookstore in LA, CA, as well as the nearby Borders. From the LA Observer.
Borders LaVergne, TN distribution center. From WKRN-TV Nashville.
Utopian Direction Bookstore in Rhode Island. A Concept Bookstore where art and literature meet. From the Times Herald-Record.
Apple had its Q4 earnings conference call yesterday. Aside from the news that the company is doing really well–pulling in $4.31 billion in profit on $20.34 billion in revenue, making this the company’s best quarter ever (see MacRumors for more details)–there was a piece of book-related news, at least in as much as the iPad is always related to books. Remember when we told you a few months ago that Apple had a 7″ version of the iPad in the works? Well, forget about it.
Steve Jobs got on the call yesterday to say, among other things, that the 7″ size is too small for an effective tablet. Basically, he said that all of Apple’s competitors in the tablet field are bringing 7″ tablets to market, and Apple just thinks that size is too small for comfortable and effective use. He said 10″ is the minimum size for a good tablet. Here again, is MacRumors with more info.
So if you believe Jobs (which perhaps you shouldn’t, ’cause he’s a sneaky one), then you’ll be reading your iBooks on a 10″ tablet now and in the future.
Apple is holding a media event on September 1, according to TUAW. At its September events for the past few years, Apple has unveiled new models of its iPods, changes to iTunes, and other music-related news. This year, rumor has it we’ll see a new iPod Touch, and, maybe, just maybe, a new, smaller iPad. Are your e-reading dreams about to come true with a handy 7″ iPad?
Find out on September 1. We’ll have coverage here, but we also recommend the meta-live blog that TUAW and other tech sites who’ll have bloggers in the room will do together during the event–it’s always very lively.