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CVS reveals via Facebook it won’t sell Boston Bomber edition of Rolling Stone

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New YorkForbes reported that CVS has opted not to sell the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine, which features a photo of “Boston Bomber” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

CVS issued the following statement on Facebook: “CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.”

The Facebook post has been ‘liked’ 32,000 times and shared more than 13,000.

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Books-A-Million to install Espresso Book Machines in-store

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Birmingham, Ala. — Books-A-Million has teamed with On Demand Books to put Espresso Book Machines in BAM’s Portland, Maine, store; a second store is slated for installation at a later date.

The Espresso Book Machine is a digital-to-print retail solution that produces a bookstore-quality paperback with color cover, in any standard trim size, at point of sale. The content is fed to the machine via EspressNet, On Demand Books’ growing digital network of titles. These titles are available through partnerships with Google, Lightning Source, Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan, McGraw Hill, and others, and include content from publishers like Random House, W.W. Norton, and Simon & Schuster.

Like iTunes for books, EspressNet retrieves, encrypts, transmits, and catalogs books from a multitude of English and foreign language content providers (including public domain, in copyright, and self-published). Through the SelfEspress software, writers can format, design, edit, and upload their book for printing and inclusion on the EBM catalog, as well as convert the print file to an .epub format suitable for e-readers. Xerox manages the worldwide service for the Espresso Book Machines.

“This offering means something special for BAM customers, who will now have access to a virtual inventory of seven million titles instantly available to them,” said Terrance G. Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million.

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NFL to set up e-commerce shop in Chinese market

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — The National Football League has signed an exclusive agreement with Export Now to establish an official online store in China. Similar to its current U.S. e-commerce store, NFLShop.com, the China iteration will sell apparel, equipment and accessories branded with the logos of the NFL and its 32 teams over an e-commerce platform on China’s Tmall.com business-to-consumer website.

The new online store is slated to debut in September, in time for the 2013 NFL season.

"Export Now offers the NFL the ability to accelerate our international development and expand our access to the Chinese consumer market," said Richard Young, managing director of NFL China. "NFL products are becoming increasingly popular around the world. We are excited at the opportunity to increase the availability of our teams’ apparel, equipment and accessories and serve our fans in China."

This is the NFL’s first online store catering to China’s vast market.

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