It’s no secret that bookstores have had a tough decade. Independent shops have struggled. Behemoths like Borders shuttered. And every other day someone publishes a think piece about the imminent demise of the book industry. In response, bookstores have tried to become increasingly creative about the ways they make money. Their shelf space has shrunk,… Continue reading Barnes & Noble to Save Itself through…More Books?
Book Passage is a quirky little bookstore situated in the Bay Area of California. Sure, it sells books, but it also does so much more. Every year the shop hosts over 700 author events. During these events, authors often sign books, and if any signed books remain after the crowds have thinned, Book Passage sells… Continue reading When Autographed Novels Put Bookstores in Danger
Though bookstores often take over old buildings, most shops don’t inhabit old churches. A bookstore in the Netherlands, however, is an exception to that rule. In 2007, Seleyx, a Dutch chain, hired architect firm Merkx+Girod to convert an old Dominican church in Maastricht, Netherlands into a bookshop. In order to maintain the architectural integrity of the… Continue reading Finding a New Purpose as a Bookstore: The Dominican Church in Maastricht
Pop quiz time! The word “vellichor” is: a. An adjective describing an agitated, violent state b. A term taken from Latin meaning “one who sings” c. The name of an alien species in the “Frigid Worlds” series of sci-fi novels d. A word indicating the strange wistfulness of used bookstores Ready? Have you chosen your… Continue reading Inventing a Word for It
As we come to the end of 2016, what big stories happened in the publishing industry over the last year? Quite a few interesting things occurred, so I’ve chosen to highlight the few that tickled my fancy. Bookstore Sales Rose – For the past several years, sales from bookstores have been rising. Other than a brief blip… Continue reading Annual Publishing News Round-Up: 2016
Even in the best of circumstances, author events can be a challenge. For independent authors and for traditional authors who are putting in a lot of the footwork themselves, however, these events can be mind boggling. I want to share a few tips and tricks that can help to ensure that your author events are… Continue reading Making Author Events Matter: 5 Steps to Success
Who should work in bookstores? Are the jobs intended for college kids, book lovers, or anyone who has the time and desire to have them? Our discussion yesterday about the future of different types of bookstores reminded me that some booksellers have very stringent standards regarding who can staff their shop. The Strand Bookstore in New York… Continue reading Standards for Staffing a Bookstore
When people talk about the death of the bookstore, they often refer to small, local shops filled with the spirit of whatever neighborhood they inhabit. In the last several years, however, those independent bookstores have experienced a minor resurgence. Now it is the large chains, the companies like Barnes & Noble, that have to find… Continue reading Online Retailers, Independent Bookstores, and the Places in Between