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The Book Depository: A New Online Place to Buy Books

The Book Depository: A New Online Place to Buy Books

There’s a “new” online bookstore that I suspect is going to become more relevant somewhat soon.  It’s The Book Depository, at www.bookdepository.com.
It’s been around for a few years but only last year started to sell to U.S. customers.  And even then, for many U.S. titles, it just sent customers to Amazon.
This past summer, it started selling all its titles directly to U.S. customers.  Its prices are attractive; for U.S. books …

European Union Defers Change in Liquids Rules for Airline Passengers

European Union Defers Change in Liquids Rules for Airline Passengers

The law that would have allowed transport of approved and sealed packages of duty-free liquids in hand luggage by passengers in transit at airports within the European Union has been deferred on the day it was scheduled to take effect.
Siim Kallas, vice president of the European Commission, recommended that EU countries defer the change because a number of countries were not going to lift the ban.
The new regulations would have …

Frequent Traveler Poll: Your Top Hotel Pet Peeves

Frequent Traveler Poll: Your Top Hotel Pet Peeves

If you are like most Executive Road Warrior readers, you travel a lot and stay in better hotels.  But even the best hotels in the world aren’t perfect and are capable of doing things that drive us mad.  We want to know what these things are.  Drag your biggest pet peeves to the top of the list and feel free to add comments below this article as well.
We compiled this …

What’s Doing in Boston

What’s Doing in Boston

Over 12 million people visit Boston, one of the oldest cities in the United States and the capital of Massachusetts, each year. Founded in 1630, Boston was at the very forefront of the American Revolution and today is center of culture, education, and business.
If you haven’t visited Boston in the past few years, there have been dramatic changes.  Starting in the early 1980s, the Big Dig rerouted Interstate 93, the …

Vote for the 2011 Global Airline Alliance of the Year

Vote for the 2011 Global Airline Alliance of the Year

The three largest passenger airline alliances are oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance.  As most business travelers know, alliances provide extended networks on which they can earn miles and be recognized (with some limitations) for their status.   Which is the best alliance in your opinion?
Oneworld covers over 870 destinations in 146 countries, with over 9,300 daily flights and 335 million passengers annually.  SkyTeam flies to 898 destinations in 169 countries with …

Dyson D23 Turbinehead Canister Vacuum Review

Dyson D23 Turbinehead Canister Vacuum Review

Buying a Dyson vacuum cleaner is not like buying other vacuum cleaners.  It’s not just the purchase of a product, but also the buying into of a philosophy – the philosophy of James Dyson.  Dyson, an inventor and technologist, doesn’t make vacuums the way other companies do.  His machines are bagless and use the patented cyclone technology that Dyson invented in the early 1980s and has continually developed and improved.
Dyson …