A Retailer That's Bucking the Trend
In Case You Missed It
This week brought news of a major innovation in the book-publishing world. And Amazon had nothing to do with it.
Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, unveiled the new $100,000 Espresso Book Machine, a publishing device that can print a paperback book at the push of a button.
The machine is pretty incredible: It can print a professionally bound book in four minutes for about $8!
Book lovers can request a tome that's not in the store's inventory and the Espresso can print it while they wait. Customers can also order books online and pick them up in the store or even have them delivered.
While the machine can be found in a few other bookstores, this is the first one in the Bay State and this particular machine includes Google's already digitized texts, greatly expanding the inventory. OnDemand Books, the machine's creator, has about 1.6 million titles in its catalogue and with Google's contribution, the total number of titles to choose from comes to about 3.6 million.
(Some of the other bookstores that will house the Espresso are: Boxcar and Caboose Bookshop & Café in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont; Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Washington; Village Books in Bellingham, Washington; and Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan.)
The machine has been dubbed the Paige M. Gutenborg at its Cambridge location and in a nod to history, the first book printed on it was the Bay Psalms Book, the first book ever printed in the U.S. (in Cambridge specifically) in 1640.
I live only a few miles from the Harvard Book Store and I can't wait to check out the machine this weekend. As a real book-lover, I've been trying to decide whether to get something printed, especially since many previously hard to find titles will be available.
But what I'm most looking forward to is seeing this new technology in action. In my opinion, anything that brings books to people and encourages reading can't be a bad thing.
What do you think of this new machine? Will it put book publishers out of business? Or will it encourage people to read more? Weigh in on our blog, http://www.iconoclast-investor.com, or by replying to this email.
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Stocks Have Best Quarter in a Decade
The stock market recently had its best quarter since 1998--with the Dow and the S&P 500 both surging 15%! There's never been a better time to invest.
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Now to a stock that recently caught my eye.
Most retailers have suffered greatly during the recession, but one is making waves with newly frugal shoppers. The company is Aeropostale (ARO) and it was featured in Cabot Top Ten Report this Monday, where Editor Michael Cintolo wrote:
"While most retailers have been hit hard by the recession, Aeropostale's commitment to bringing affordable clothes to teens has paid off for the company. Same-store sales were up a huge 9% in August, beating analysts' forecasts. Aeropostale mainly uses a value-pricing approach, differentiating the company from many of its rivals. Earnings are increasing and earnings estimates are gaining momentum. There are 244 funds on board and that number is growing with every quarter. It looks like Aeropostale has a winning formula for the new budget-conscious retail market. Of note is the fact that Aeropostale is making its eighth Cabot Top Ten Report appearance (three previous in 2009; one in 2008; three in 2004). We know from experience it's likely to be back again.
"ARO peaked at 37 in October 2008, and after taking a trip into the basement in the bear market when consumers reduced spending, it returned to the 37 level this May. The base it then built took more than three months to complete, a period that shook out less-patient investors. We last recommended it in June at 34. Then on August 21, ARO gapped up to 40, and the uptrend that began then remains intact today. The past few days have seen the stock cool off and we think you can buy it here."
Companies like Aeropostale, with an eye on customers' wallets, will likely become staples of the post-recession economy. And ARO looks like a good way to ride this trend.
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In case you didn't get a chance to read all the issues of Cabot Wealth Advisory this week and want to catch up on any investing and stock tips you might have missed, I have links below to each issue.
Cabot Wealth Advisory 9/28/09 - Take the Romantic Route to Investment Success
On Monday, Timothy Lutts wrote about how you can profit from Romance Stocks, but also why you should never allow yourself to fall in love with a stock. He profiled three Romance Stocks that Cabot had great success with in the past and two other stocks that are current Romance Stocks. Featured stocks: Crocs (CROX), Hansen Natural (HANS), First Solar (FSLR), Baidu (BIDU) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR).
Cabot Wealth Advisory 10/1/09 - October: Myths and Legends
On Thursday, Michael Cintolo wrote about the myths and legends surrounding the stock market's performance in the month of October. Mike also discussed a helpful way to examine your portfolio. Mike finished by writing about a high-potential stock of a company in the vitamin business. Featured stock: NBTY, Inc. (NTY).
Until next time,
Editor of Cabot Wealth Advisory
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