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ABA Applauds Major Report on Amazon’s Grip on the Economy

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2016

Report documents lessened competition, curtailed opportunities for small businesses, reduced jobs and wages, limited choices for consumers, and harm on communities The American Booksellers Association applauds the release of a major new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities. This Read more »

Pen America

Longlists for 2017 PEN America Literary Awards To Be Revealed

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2016

PEN America will roll out the longlisted titles for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards during the week of December 5-9. Each day, longlists for one to two book prizes– highlighting excellence across a range of genres including debut fiction, essay, science writing, sportswriting, biography, translation, and non-fiction–will be announced on PEN America’s website and Read more »

Midwest Indie Film Festival

Midwest Independent Film Festival 2016 Nominees

Pub Date: Nov 28, 2016

The Midwest Independent Film Festival has announced its nominees for this year’s film awards. CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!  Here are this year’s BMA nominees… Best Music Video MY DAY, directed by Eric McCoy for Devin Kirtz NO MATTER WHERE WE GO, directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz for Whitney GIVING UP ON YOU, Read more »

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Barnes & Noble Reports Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results

Pub Date: Nov 22, 2016

NEW YORK/11/22/2016 (Business Wire)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS) today reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended October 29, 2016 Total sales for the second quarter were $858.5 million, declining 4.0% as compared to the prior year. Retail sales, which include Barnes & Noble stores and, declined 3.5% to $830.7 million for Read more »

Bertelsmann Media

Bertelsmann Posts Record 2016 Results For Nine Months

Pub Date: Nov 11, 2016

The international media, services and education company Bertelsmann has achieved a record operating result after nine months of its current fiscal year. Concurrently, the EBITDA margin improved year-on-year, and Group net income also showed another strong increase. Bertelsmann made further progress in its strategic priorities to become a faster growing, more digital and more international Read more »

Book Reviews

Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen

The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen

Pub Date: Nov 30, 2016

The Mutual Admiration Society, Lesley Kagen, Lake Union – Eleven year old Tessie Finley has quite enough to cope with for her age. Her attractive, widowed mother lives in a permanent state of impatience with Tessie and her kid sister “Birdie.” Read more »

Moral Defense by Marcia Clark

Moral Defense by Marcia Clark

Pub Date: Nov 17, 2016

Moral Defense, Marcia Clark, Thomas and Mercer – Samantha Brinkman is a maverick lawyer with a strong sense of justice. She’s used to playing fast and loose inside and outside the law, but occasionally her decisions come back to bite her Read more »

Livia Lone by Berry Eisler

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Pub Date: Nov 17, 2016

Livia Lone, Barry Eisler, Thomas and Mercer – In his crime novel titled after the protagonist, “Livia Lone,” Barry Eisler spins a disconcerting plot around people involved in human trafficking and its victims Read more »

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Pub Date: Nov 9, 2016

Her Every Fear, Peter Swanson, William Morrow — Kate Priddy agrees to a six month apartment exchange with a cousin she’s never met, swapping her cozy flat in London for Corbin Dell’s enormous place in Boston Read more »