commented on Capitol Hill Half Price Books to Close June 2nd
Well that just sucks. That Half Price is/was a perfect used bookstore. Large, neat, and mostly orderly, with a good mix of good condition used books and (what I assume are) overstock new books. With tons of genre fiction and graphic novels as well. I've made some fantastic discoveries there. It's not a half bad place to unload some of your stuff, too.
It was always just tucked away enough away from the main Pike/Broadway area that I wondered how much foot traffic it got. I think it could still do well with a more visible location. I really hate to think what will fill that space now. Probably just some office space for realtors or something.
And seriously, this neighborhood needs more places to shop. All these restaurants are good and all, but there's less and less reason to walk around unless you're going out to eat or drink.
commented on Big Three Publishers Come at Amazon with a New Retailing Site
I welcome any serious challenger to Amazon. Selling ebooks in their own format and making e-readers that don't accept the standard ePub format is a horrible practice. Amazon is one of the few companies that didn't need to do any of that. And yes, yes, I know how easy it is to convert formats and such. If Amazon sold their digital books the same way they sold their digital music - DRM-free and in a standard format - I would be evangelising them, but as it stands, I think it's insane to purchase ebooks through them, no matter how cheap and convenient it is.