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“Several large library systems across the U.S. plan to suspend purchases beginning Friday of all electronic versions of Macmillan Publishers’ new releases, in a protest against the publishing house’s planned restrictions on library sales.
Among libraries participating in the boycott are the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Nashville Public Library, the Maryland Digital Library and Washington state’s King County Library System. The protest is in collaboration with partners in the Digital Downloads Collaboration.”
“Running a bookstore had always been one of Keeper’s ‘dream jobs,’ and outside Stories, she and her husband started brainstorming about how to make that dream a reality. ‘We knew that a brick and mortar shop wasn’t the right fit for us for many reasons, so my husband just thought aloud, “Why not a mobile one?” Before we had left the city I had shot off a few emails looking for a truck and by the time we returned to Delaware had applied for a business license.’ She funded the business in cash with a lump sum gifted to her from her dad’s estate. (Keeper declined to share specific investment costs.)”
“It’s the home author J.R.R. Tolkien lived in when he wrote “The Hobbit” and parts of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and you could live there, too. The Oxford, England, home looks so magical, it may even inspire the next owner to pen a fantasy novel.
Currently on the market for nearly $6 million, Tolkien called this place home from 1930-1947, according to a plaque hung on the property by the Oxford Civic Society.”