Copyright, as first envisioned, was a way to balance the rights of authors with the rights of their audiences. The public has a right to read both creative and academic works, and authors have a right to control aspects of their work and, perhaps, to earn a living.
Bookstores in North America seem to be undergoing tough times: closing down, battling online sales, dreading e-books.
In the last few days, a number of stories have seemed worth mentioning---but they're stories about which I don't have enough knowledge to comment. So I thought I'd do as others do, and make a list of links.