It's the season of Lent, that exciting time of sacrifice and self-examination...I'm using it to put in some extra hours at the bookstore and catch up with the backlog that seems to still be there from Christmas or Winter Institute or something. Hopefully our webpage, our events series, our sales floor, and our overcrowded back office will be the better for it.
Then there's wedding planning -- an all-too-delicious distraction, which does take up a certain amount of a girl's time.
Which leaves blogging time scarce, again. So check out my posting from Friday and weigh in on what Max from the Millions calls the "Widget Wars": Amazon Look Inside!, Google Book Search, HarperCollins Browse Inside, and Random House's Insight (the last two partnering with BookSense), in an effort to... make shopping online more like browsing a bookstore? Compete for demanding digital customers? Just make sure we've got what everyone else has got? The goals of the various projects are as debatable as their success, and the jury is still out on which will emerge as part of our new online lives. I'm curious to hear what you think.
P.S. If you've emailed me about having your blog or bookstore listed in my links, thanks! The spirit is willing, but the scheduling is weak. I'll add some new links as soon as I have a minute to wrestle with the Blogger back end. Keep sending them along!
'The Strange Library' by Haruki Murakami
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