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Soo Jin Oh

Soo Jin Oh has written 31 posts for The Constant Conversation

Barnes & Noble on sale

My complaints about Barnes & Noble in the past have not really been about the retail store experience so much as its overweening power in the industry.

David Foster Wallace on Dostoyevsky

This past Friday, in my epic journey to read all Dostoyevsky, I bought Crime and Punishment at one store and ended up browsing at yet another bookstore where I chanced upon David Foster Wallace’s Consider The Lobster. . .

Amazon drops prices and Galleycat snarks

Amazon is supposedly dropping the price on the Kindle to $139. The folks over at Galley Cat are not impressed. Even worse for Amazon, even less is Seth Godin.

Amazon Partners Up with Possibly the Most Hated Man on the Literary Scene

The latest strategy by Amazon to buy exclusive digital rights from Andrew Wylie, possibly the most hated individual on the literary scene, shows how far we are from achieving any supposed internet utopias. Rather, the strategy shows what the digital publishing scene is about: rights and the money associated with those rights.

Iconic covers of the 20th century

Over at AbeBooks, they are displaying 25 iconic cover. I only recognized a few of the covers such as Catch 22, To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Catcher in the Rye, The Godfather, and Flowers in the Attic — yes, I did read it when I was 11. I was also surprised by what was not on the list.



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