Peter Kafka

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E-Book Boom Boosts Simon & Schuster

All of those Amazon Kindle sales–and, presumably, sales of competitive e-book readers from Barnes & Noble and Apple–have made an impact at publisher Simon & Schuster. The CBS unit says Q1 digital sales doubled over the previous year, and now represent 18 percent of the company’s revenue. Overall sales were up only 2 percent, to $155 million, but the higher margin on those digital sales means profits “more than doubled” to $7 million.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus