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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Iowa Reconsiders Link to Amazon on State Web Site

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/iowa-reconsiders-link-amazon-state-web-site/

The state of Iowa is in the process of removing a direct link to Amazon.com from the homepage of its official web site (http://www.iowa.gov). Under the new policy, visitors who click on the prominently placed graphic, "Looking for books about Iowa? Click Here Now," will be directed instead to a page with links to both Amazon.com and Booksense.com, an e-commerce site for independent bookstores. The decision followed a letter sent by the owners of nine Iowa bookstores. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

At Borders, Mega Publishers Get the Keys to the Kingdom

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/borders-megapublishers-get-keys-kingdom/

Leading publishers will be involved in determining which books are carried at Borders Books stores under a new "category management" plan being phased in this year. Under the plan, Borders is assigning each of 250 book categories—ranging from thrillers to romance novels—to one of the top publishers in that category. Borders will provide this "category captain" with detailed sales data for all titles in the category, including those of competitors. Continue reading