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A Worthwhile Article in Forbes. Really.

Forbes addresses the book-digitization brouhaha, departing noticeably from its usual "Corporations! Rah! Rah! Rah!" stance. Both Powell's and San Francisco's Green Apple Books are prominently mentioned.

"Generally, in retail, the customer will take the path of most convenience," says Dave Weich, director of marketing and development for Portland, Ore.-based Powell's, one of the nation's largest independent bookstores with 4 million titles, as well as one of the first to build out an online presence.

"You're making an assumption that someone will go from Google and then out of their way to our site or our store," says Weich. "It's so hard to say what will happen, but it's hard to imagine how a small bookstore will benefit from this."

Weich sees the recent efforts as another step by "very large publicly traded endeavors" to consolidate the power that comes from controlling access to massive amounts of content.

December 6, 2005 in Books | Permalink


Forbes isn't all bad.


Posted by: cljo at Dec 7, 2005 1:33:13 PM

Forbes publishing a short story? Never would have imagined, though I see it was over five years ago. And by a former Bob Dole speechwriter, at that.

Posted by: Pete at Dec 7, 2005 2:06:00 PM

Its somewhat preachy but worth wasting a few minutes on.

Posted by: cljo at Dec 7, 2005 2:16:28 PM