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

Interior Design Porn

Retail Therapist was out scouting this afternoon and found this lovely tome of interior design porn. Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors With The Things You Love, $35, is chock-full of inspiring photos of home interiors, decorated with homeowners' personal collections and obsessions. Author and stylist Sibella Court is the creative force behind the book—a lovely piece of design in itself, ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Retail Therapist

Obsessive Consumption: The Book

Portland artist Kate Bingaman-Burt's Obsessive Consumption (the book) is here. Kate makes art by illustrating her daily purchases, receipts and credit card bills. Out of that came her blog—also called Obsessive Consumption—and finally this book, which is a collection of years of these illustrations. Retail Therapist could make some kind of trenchant socioeconomic observation about the ...   More
Friday, April 16, 2010 Retail Therapist

I want your sex (writing), part II

Don't you publishers ever get sick of sex? Another month or two has gone by and once again, the Willamette Week office is filling up with review copies of new and soon to be published dirty books. Seriously, I trip on bare backing manuals and kinky niche erotica collections every time I leave my desk to get a cup of coffee. As I explained last time we did this, in February, we're just too tired ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

And now some dramatic Twitter readings...

Local writer/blogger/reading series mistress/Tweet-addict Melissa Lion is launching "What the Shit: A Dramatic Twitter Reading Series" this Friday, May 22, at Green Dragon. That's right—get drunk and shout out your 140 character brilliance...or somebody else's brilliance. There's really no rules yet. Here's Lion's explanation (she's been Tweetin' about the damn thing all day, naturally): Welcome ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Judge a Book By Its Cover

Books, books and more books: a corner of the Willamette Week office is literally swimming (one might say drowning) in these erstwhile vehicles of information and delight. What is a put-upon reporter to do when faced with a mountain of text such as this? Choose a book like one would cereal—whatever's cheapest, most sugary, and probably colorful. Here follows the top three book covers from this ...   More
Thursday, August 13, 2009 Caitlin Mccarthy

Literature, Sans Snacks

“I love being a public servant” Oregon Attorney General John Kroger drawled at Monday night's Oregon Book Awards ceremony, as he was picking up his award for Creative Nonfiction, “but what I really wanted to be growing up is a writer. It's a precious thing to have a book published.” Precious indeed, and, these days, a even more rare thing. Although Convictions, Kroger's ...   More
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Jonanna Widner

Local Author David Biespiel Wins "Best Poetry of the Year" Award

Hooray for local artists getting national attention for their work! David Biespiel, a beloved Portland-based poet and teacher, has just been awarded the Best Poetry of the Year by The Poetry Foundation. His new book of poems, The Book of Men and Women, explores the remorseful emotions of regret, longing, and loss through the complex relationships between members of the opposite gender. Biespiel, ...   More
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 India Nicholas

The Gift scribe Lewis Hyde at PNCA/Lewis & Clark, February 3-4.

Lewis Hyde—social anthropologist, poet, scholar, gentle hero—is coming to Portland. Even better (as perhaps befits the author of The Gift), he will be giving lectures that are both free and public, at PNCA (6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 3) and Lewis & Clark (4 pm Thursday, Feb. 4), on the subject of The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good. If you've never heard of ...   More
Monday, February 1, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

SNL's Kristen Wiig to Option PDXer Monica Drake's Clown Girl

Holy crap! Word is that Kristen Wiig, the hilarious and determinedly irritating Saturday Night Live mainstay, has optioned Portlander Monica Drake's rollicking girl with the rubber chicken "memoir" Clown Girl. WW actually gave locals a sneak peek at the book, which is set, in part, at a drunk n' dirty circus manor similar to Northeast Alberta's infamous Clown House, back in 2007. We published the ...   More
Thursday, May 6, 2010 KELLY CLARKE


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