The Killer Kindle

How the e-book revolution is affecting Portland's book industry


Arts & Books
The day booksellers have been dreading is here. Amazon announced in a statement yesterday that it now sells more e-books than print books. For every 100 print books sold since April 1, Amazon has sold 105 Kindle e-books. ---So if e-books are the way of the future, what does the news mean for Portland's booksellers? In February this year, Powell's Books made national news when it laid off 31 workers, ...   More
Friday, May 20, 2011 ASHLEY COLLMAN

Lost in Powell's? There's an App for That


Arts & Books
Ever get sick of waiting for that one single computer catalog in Powell's, while that old lady in front of you types one character a minute with her index fingers until you're consumed with anger and frustration and go on a novelty-notebook-destroying rampage, crushing locally-made bookmarks and expensive British chocolate bars in a Hulk-like rage? We've all been there. Portland-based mobile app developer ...   More
Friday, March 25, 2011 by Ruth Brown

How to Support Laid-Off Powell's Workers


One month ago, Powell’s Books announced it was laying off 31 workers, 7.5 percent of its workforce. But now some of those workers will be getting something back—in fact, 7.5 percent of your next online Powell’s purchase. Starting Tuesday, March 8, shoppers who follow the Powell’s link on the ILWU Local 5 website will see 7.5 percent of the proceeds from their total purchase going to a fund ...   More
Monday, March 7, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON


The story of Powell’s layoffs, according to affected workers.

News Stories
Powell’s Books employee Sheila Ashdown said her heart started pounding when she got the email last week from her employer announcing plans to lay off 31 workers. “People were depressed, teary-   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON


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