The Study: Issue #23 - Links for Readers and Writers

A new episode of The Shelf Life, piracy, saving NYC bookstores, Barnes & Noble in trouble, and more...

Table of Contents

  • The Shelf Life: Episode 3 | “A Very Cozy Mystery”

  • The Internet Archive’s COVID-Related Piracy Push

  • The Bookstore at the End of the World

  • Barnes & Noble Closing Over 400 Stores

  • Powell’s Hires Over 100 New Staff

  • Working from Home? Try Bullet Journaling!

  • Support

  • About the Author

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The Shelf Life: Episode 3 | “A Very Cozy Mystery”

A customer's interest in cozy mystery novels invites Edwin to solve a mystery of his own while he also helps Lucy break through to Vincent.



Edwin Charles: Harry Marks | Twitter

Vincent Hughes: Stuart Lennon | Twitter | 1857 Podcast

Mrs. Cassel: Darci Cole | Twitter

Lucy Hatten: Melody Weister | Twitter

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The Internet Archive’s COVID-Related Piracy Push

The Internet Archive positions itself as a library promoting “universal access to all knowledge.” Films, websites, and albums, especially those that are out of print and/or in the public domain, are stored there for posterity.

The Internet Archive also offers books. Through their Lending Library, users can download and read a book for 14 days before the file is rendered unreadable. There’s just one problem: they don’t pay for those books.

Colin Dwyer for NPR:

Last week, when the Internet Archive announced its "National Emergency Library," expanding access to more than a million digitized works, the group explained the move as a goodwill gesture in the time of coronavirus.


But there's one major issue that several media outlets, including NPR, failed to mention in covering the decision: Many writers and publishers say the website, even before the creation of this National Emergency Library, has been sharing full digital copies of their books without their permission.

This is piracy, plain and simple. There’s no justification for it. It’s not altruistic or heroic. It’s simple theft and it’s unacceptable. Whatever good work the Internet Archive was doing before is being undermined by their arrogance and disregard for writers’ livelihoods.

Writers are some of the lowest-paid members of the publishing process. This is food out of their mouths and their families’ mouths.

Read the full article

The Bookstore at the End of the World

COVID-19 has shuttered just about every bookstore in the country, and New York City has been the hardest hit. In order to help raise money for the city’s bookstores, has set up “The Bookstore at the End of the World:

You can continue to support your local NYC booksellers during COVID-19 by shopping with us below. For the next eight weeks, 30% of the purchase price will go to sustain the talented booksellers who have lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic. Every bookseller who contributes ten or more recommendations to this endeavor will share equally in the money generated. And all of your purchases from this online storefront, not just our recommendations, will be shipped right to your door.

Over $220,000 has already been raised. Do your part by clicking below:


Barnes & Noble Closing Over 400 Stores

While New York’s bookstores have looking after them, larger outlets like Barnes & Noble are on their own.

Susie Dumond for Book Riot:

Barnes & Noble has temporarily closed over 400 of their 627 U.S. stores in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As differing guidance is issued across the country, the bookselling giant confirmed that they are working with state and local officials to determine next steps to best protect customers and employees.

Employees who have been with the company six months or less will be let go. That’s bad enough, but as I’ve said before, Barnes & Noble might be the only bookstore in a certain location. Amazon has already delayed shipping books until late April and customers may have depended on Barnes & Noble’s discounts to help them afford new books.

With libraries also out of commission for the time being, this is a devastating blow and one that the former chain-we-love-to-hate might not recover from.

If you can’t shop at your local indie bookseller, consider dropping some coin at Barnes & Noble’s online shop.


Powell’s Hires Over 100 New Staff

And now for some good news, we turn to Jonny Diamond at Lithub:

Powell’s in Portland—one of the largest independent bookstores in the country—announced via Facebookon Friday that because of the surge in online book orders “we now have over 100 folks working at Powell’s again—all full time with benefits.” This is good news—100 more people with wages and benefits is good for any community.

You know what to do.


Working from Home? Try Bullet Journaling!

Evan Travers:

Taking some time this afternoon to close down my third bullet journal notebook and open up my fourth. While the practice of journaling has gone through countless iterations for me over the past five years I continue to rely upon handwritten prose to help me clarify what is really important and review the blessings and struggles of my life. Here are some of the influences and reasons that my journal has taken this month’s form.

Evan shares some great ways to stay on top of your goals with his modified Bullet Journal layout.

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About the Author

Harry Marks is the creator of the podcast sitcom The Shelf Life, a comedy series set in a small-town bookshop. He is also the editor of the award-winning Plumbago Magazine and a writer for Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet of Curiosities podcast from iHeartMedia. You can read his work at The CoilHelloHorror, and

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