By Jill Vejnoska If you’re a parent, the start of another school year brings only one prospect more frightening than having to rouse your kids out of bed before noon:Getting everything on their school supply lists. Some schools’ lists are jawdroppingly long and precise. You might have to hit several different places just to find the right composition book -- the one with 100 pages, not 80, and it may or may not have to be wide-ruled.The other option -- buying online, including prepacked boxes of supplies from specialized web sites -- can be a more surefire way of finding everything on your list. But you could wind up paying more, or having to wait awhile for delivery.So what’s a dedicated glue stick gumshoe to do? With a couple of metro Atlanta school systems starting as early as July 30 (sorry, Henry and Rockdale county kids) and the remainder rolling out through Aug. 8, we set out to compare and contrast the different buying options. Recommended … [Read more...] about Back-to-school shopping 2018: Online, in-store or pre-packed boxes? What’s the best, cheapest way to get everything on your list?
Used online book stores
Raven Used Books. Photo:Gina Beavers Raven Books in Northampton is the quintessential New England used bookstore. Winding stacks of books create a delightful maze that loops in and out of corners. There doesn’t seem to be a square inch of wall that remains unoccupied, and tables of books, live plants, and suspended artifacts makes for a satisfying and unique browsing experience. Raven’s owner Betsy Frederick publishes a simple trifold brochure called Bookstores of the Pioneer Valley. It’s a wealth of information and a surprisingly full list. It includes “the largest, most popular independent bookstores, used & new in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.” “It was actually Kris’ idea,” Frederick says looking at manager Kristopher Severy. Severy sits at a small desk in a nook to the right of the cash wrap. He pokes his head out to explain how he came up with the idea. “People would stop in and they were always complaining … [Read more...] about Independent Streak: Against the odds, small book stores are on the rise
(CBS News) Looking to unload your old 'NSYNC albums? Amazon will now let you trade in used CDs for store credit. Full coverage of Amazon at Tech Talk Previously, Amazon customers were able to trade in electronics, books and video games, but not music. Amazon announced Wednesday that their Trade-in Program will now accept CDs."The Amazon Trade-In Program allows customers to receive an Amazon.com Gift Card directly into their account in exchange for hundreds of thousands of eligible items, including DVDs, video games, electronics, books and now CDs," Amazon said in a statement via email.Not all CDs are accepted at the Amazon Trade-In market. For instance, 'NSYNC's "Greatest Hits" can be traded in for $2.15, but Amazon is not accepting "No Strings Attached." Sorry folks, "Now That's What I Call Music! 6" will only fetch you $0.90. Prices tend to go up for more updated music acts. Adele's "21" has a trade-in value of $2.35 and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection" is … [Read more...] about Amazon now accepts CD trade-ins for store credit
Amazon (AMZN) might be poised to make the ultimate about-face in the annals of the Internet. The online retailing giant is reportedly considering opening hundreds of physical bookstores, according to comments made on Tuesday by General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani. "Their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400 book stores," he said. Mathrani, who was speaking on his company's earnings conference call, didn't say where he heard the information. Amazon has already dipped into brick-and-mortar bookselling, as it opened a real-world store last year in the Seattle neighborhood of University Village. That store is geared to leveraging both Web-based and real-world sales, allowing customers to order online and pick up their books at the store, while also providing Kindles and other devices to test out. While it's unclear how Amazon's plans might unspool, retailers -- both online and real-world alike -- are increasingly trying to leverage both retail models to capture … [Read more...] about Is Amazon turning a page with hundreds of real-world stores?
Online document-sharing site Scribd is taking a page from Netflix's success story as it sets out to create the world's largest subscription service for digital books. The opening chapter in Scribd's quest begins Tuesday with the introduction of an e-book subscription service that will boast thousands of titles published by HarperCollins before July 2012. HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp., becomes the first of the five largest U.S. publishers to join a service vying to create an alternative to buying individual titles. Scribd will charge $9 per month for a service that offers unlimited access to most of HarperCollins' back catalog, as well as an assortment of other books from smaller publishers. Recent best sellers from Harper Collins aren't included in the subscription service, although customers will be able to buy new titles individually on Scribd's site. "I feel we are moving into new uncharted waters, but that's what innovating and reading is all about," HarperCollins CEO … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Scribd, HarperCollins offer e-book subscriptions