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Obama’s Amazon visit riles up independent booksellers

As tourists, students, and all-purpose lovers of literature filtered recently in and out of Commonwealth Books, a tiny storefront in Downtown Crossing , along with their random book questions was a surprising amount of chatter about President Obama.

Word had spread about his visit to a Tennessee facility of online behemoth, which was touting plans to hire 7,000 new employees. That news, combined with a recent federal court ruling about e-book pricing that was widely seen as a big win for Amazon, has roiled much of the independent bookselling universe.

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