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Northern Michigan’s Traverse City has long been known for its wineries, but now the vacation hot spot is making a name for itself nationally in something else: books.

The local Borders may have closed, but we’re betting book lovers in that region didn’t bat an eye. If you’re ever in the area, take a day to check out the full-service bookstores in downtown Traverse City: Horizon Books, Brilliant Books, and Books-A-Million. Wandering through town, you’ll find other niche and used bookstores, too.

Also based in Traverse City is literary nonprofit organization National Writers Series, which is pushing local government to brand Traverse City as a “book city.” The move would not only officially recognize the impact books have on the region’s economy, but also ideally draw in more book tourists (who may or may not have a penchant for wine).

For a glimpse from your own couch, check out the National Writers Series, Horizon Books, or The Bookie Joint.

Publisher Jennifer Baum will serve as a judge in Dan Poynter’s 2012 Global eBook Awards. The contest accepts self-published or traditionally published eBook submissions from authors, publishers, illustrators and photographers. Any eBook with a copyright date of 2012 or earlier that was listed for sale on a website prior to March 11, 2012 is eligible. Submissions are being accepted until March 12 and finalists will be announced July 10. Find out more.

It’s hard to resist the pull to e-readers, which are getting cheaper and more functional by the minute. These new devices allow bookworms to carry around as many titles as they want, without risking that pesky back strain associated with lugging a twenty-pound bag.

But…

How does the poor soul who prides himself on buying books at his local, independent book store reconcile the use of his shiny new toy?  How will that independent bookstore ever survive if everyone’s buying ebooks online?

Well, the American Booksellers Association has found a way to fight back. They’ve launched an ebook reading application that allows customers to purchase ebooks from their local, independent bookstores’ websites. Customers can purchase and read Google eBooks on any Android device, and they are able to read them later on their computer and many e-readers.

To check it out for yourself, search the Android market for IndieBound Reader. Then hit up the indie bookstores selling Google eBooks.

The best part about this app is that it allows readers to support independent bookstores anywhere, even if they live in an area that no longer has any.

Amazon is normally hush-hush about sales numbers for Kindle devices, but the online retailer issued a press release in late December indicating it had sold more than one million Kindles during each week of December.  The top three sellers reported on the site were the Kindle Fire and two electronic readers, the Kindle Touch and Kindle, but some analysts estimate the number of Kindle Fire devices sold to be as high as five-and-a-half million in December.

Coupled with the release of 2011 print sales numbers, which fell by about 9% last year (double the rate of 2010) and the welcomed news that Amazon has launched Kindle Library Lending , it should be an interesting year for e-book growth opportunities, and Scribe Publishing Company will be keeping its eye on the trends.

We love this story about a tweet that literally saved an independent bookstore in Portland from closing its doors.

It would have been cool even without the burrito bribe… but with it? Amazing. And genius. Burritos should be used in all marketing efforts (writers working on proposals: take note).

Note to self: visit Portland.

The name “Espresso Book Machine” sounds cool, and is cool, although sadly, has nothing to do with the sweet taste of espresso, as far as we can tell.

An Espresso Book Machine (EBM) is a print-on-demand machine gaining popularity with libraries and book stores. It prints, collates, covers and binds a book in a few minutes, meaning that customers can get what they want, when they want, provided the book is listed in the EBM network. Take that, Amazon! (Just kidding. We love Amazon). But the good news is, these machines might be the leg up on Amazon that independent bookstores need. And the even better news? Scribe Publishing books will be in the EBM network.

In case any EBM developers are listening… we do request that the next generation of EBMs also deliver a shot of espresso with your completed book. Heaven. Otherwise it’s just false advertising.

Haven’t gotten an e-reader yet? Maybe holding off will have been to your benefit, as the tricked out Kindle Fire is almost out and Barnes and Noble is allegedly releasing a new version of the Nook on Nov. 7.

So far, we’re sticking to our regular Kindles (and paper books poolside), but the idea of reading a magazine in color on a tablet is nice…

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