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Comments made by Seth

DMV Line? No Sweat, I've Got A Book On My Phone

Randy, I'm a bookseller in an independent bookstore by trade, so the ballooning numbers of ebook sales at Amazon and the fact that you shop at Borders doesn't help the likes of me at all. We can't sell you an ebook for your Kindle, but maybe you should try shopping local once in awhile - you may be surprised at what you find.

August 18, 2010 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

DMV Line? No Sweat, I've Got A Book On My Phone

"I don't have a smartphone and I don't want to plunk down $139 for a Kindle device. What should I do?" Uh, buy a book from a human in a store or check one out from the library? Maybe borrow one from a friend - something you can't do with a Kindle.

And really, you're complaining about the $9.99 thing? The publishers, while not perfect by any stretch, haven't "jacked" anything up - it's Amazon under-pricing ebooks. They purchase them at hardback prices - $25 or so - and sell them at a massive loss so that they can corner the market. And uninformed consumers like yourself become convinced that Amazon is the end-all, be-all, savior of the reading public - always looking out for the little guy by setting their prices so low. Wake up.

You should download Gary Shteyngart's new novel, "Super Sad True Love Story" - I wonder if you'll get the underlying message or if you're just part of his functionally illiterate future America, watching videos on their mobile devices and calling paper books "smelly."

This is a disturbing, disappointing piece, I have to say.

August 11, 2010 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Books: Five Best Crime Novels

"Dawn Patrol" - good one, Pat. Set here in PB, too! Don's got a new one with another SoCal setting - "Savages" - that I'm very nearly done reading. He's going to be at Warwick's tonight, actually (Mon. July 19 at 7:30) so I'm racing to finish before then. :)

July 19, 2010 at 3:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ozzy Osbourne Signing At Warwick's: A How-To Video

I think he "phoned it in" rather than being "dialed in" to anything. It looked like crippling stage fright to me. (Hey, how 'bout that AWESOME camera work, though?)

February 11, 2010 at 6:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New Orleans Music Scene Courtesy Of Galactic

Aw yeah, bring the funk Carone. (I'm totally there on the 3rd - Galactic rocks it!)

February 9, 2010 at 7:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )