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When Fantasy Ends

Our dying book distribution system

Two news stories:

  • From Jason Boog at GalleyCat: Four Publishers Sue Anderson News for $37.5 Million

    Publishers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Random House, and Simon & Schuster have sued Anderson News in federal bankruptcy court, trying to recover the total of $37.5 million the companies say they are owed by the distributor. 

    Founded in 1917, Anderson News sells "magazines, books, comics, maps, collectibles and more" to 40,000 retail outlets around the country.

  • MailOnline: Thousands in scramble for free books after Amazon supplier abandons warehouse: The photos are great. This what the 21st century is really like.

    She said: 'It's an unbelievable site when you walk in here. Lots of the bookcases have been knocked over and the books are everywhere. It doesn't feel right having to walk over all these wonderful books to find what you want. But given the cost of new books these days, who's going to refuse this?'

    Why exactly do we coast along on the assumption that the edifices holding up our Internet literary culture are solid? They're not.

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