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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Seattle readers apparently like to drink while browsing for books.

13 million Italians live in municipalities without a bookstore.

The LA Times attempts to figure out what Amazon’s first store in New York City will mean for the Strand.

Seoul, South Korea, now has an employee-free bookstore.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Instead of yelling at a cloud, one curmudgeonly old man runs a bookstore.

Another curmudgeonly bookseller has taken to charging browsers a fifty-pence fee for looking at merchandise in his used store.

Amazon plans to open a New York City store in the Time Warner Center.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Chicago’s bookstores, bracing against the looming arrival of a physical Amazon store, are stronger than ever. Check out this roundup of local indie stores.

Fišer bookstore, a Prague institution since the 1930s, is closing.

Korea’s oldest bookstore closed fourteen years ago, but Jongno Books is set to reopen in Seoul.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Although Brooklyn stalwart BookCourt is sadly set to close at the end of the year, Modern Lovers author and former BookCourt employee Emma Straub plans to open a new shop in the the neighborhood. Books Are Magic, as the shop will be called, will be 1,500 square feet and hopes to open by April.

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As Barnes & Noble prepares to leave Bronx, New York, an independent store is already being planned by the winner of New York Public Library’s New York StartUP! Business Competition.

Only Prime Members receive Amazon’s insane discounts in the store’s physical locations.

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Don’t Buy Mark Haddon’s New Book on Amazon, Says Mark Haddon

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Author of bestselling book-turned-play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon recently published a new book, The Pier Falls. The book comes in two editions: just the text, available on Amazon, or including illustrations by Haddon, available only in hardcover at bookstores.

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How One Man Pioneered the Bookstore Business

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You might know about the invention of the printing press revolutionizing the business of publishing, but what about the revolution in actually selling those published books? At Lit Hub, John Pipkin shares innovating bookseller James Lackington’s story of creating a book-selling boon back in 18th century London—he was similar to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in many ways.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Chicago bookstores are worried about the arrival of a physical Amazon store.

One bookstore is using clickbait tactics on social media to trick people into reading more books.

Some people actually like airport bookstores.

A rural Virginia bookstore has become wildly successful.

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The next victim of Amazon’s physical stores will be Chicago.

If Los Angeles is having a literary renaissance, it is happing at The Last Bookstore.

A bookstore in Tampa pokes fun at Amy Schumer poking fun at Tampa.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The project to bring a second bookstore to Queens, New York has met its Kickstarter goal. The borough of 2.2 million people was down to a single bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, after a Forest Hills Barnes & Noble closed.

Bangkok has a thriving bookstore scene.

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The Rumpus Interview with Becky Tuch

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Becky Tuch discusses founding The Review Review, motherhood, creativity, and the future of literary magazines. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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One of the missing Hong Kong booksellers has been returned, and gave a speech warning about the power of China’s central government and the waning independence of Hong Kong.

Tiny, the cat that lives in Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore, had a big adventure in the city—he disappeared, causing panic among the store’s employees, before deciding to return.

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Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional Publishing

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Who hasn’t felt that awkward moment between laughing and crying when the question, “do writers make money?” pops up? Unlike movie-makers and musicians, exact figures for authors’ earnings have always been notoriously difficult to retrieve. However, with the advent of Amazon’s publishing arm, interesting figures determining just how much authors can make from self-publishing versus traditional publishing arise.

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This Week in Indie Boosktores

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Deep Vellum Books is looking for a partner. The publisher runs a successful Dallas bookstore alongside the indie press, but owner Will Evans says running both is proving too much.

Queens, New York still needs a second bookstore to serve the 2.3 million people.

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Publisher HarperCollins has plans to aid new independent bookstores with a development program in the form of discounts and grants.

American Bookstore Association members, a trade organization for independent booksellers, reports continued growth in membership for seven straight years, with more than 1,700 members.

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When Computers Choose Which Novels to Publish

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We’re used to Amazon producing recommendations alongside books we buy, but are we prepared for a world where computerized data also picks what gets published? Inkitt, an electronic publishing platform, has announced that they will be utilizing algorithms to pick novels to publish in the interest of “fairness and objectivity” that can’t be found in this world of “literary gatekeepers.”

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Books That Aren’t Books

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Bookstores around the world have been working to reinvent themselves in the wake of Amazon’s rise, and stocking gift items has been a chief tactic. If you’ve never been to a Waterstone’s in the UK, here’s a sampling of what it’s like:

Gifts now seem to take up as much space as books, at least on the tables, where the prettiest paperbacks are distributed among Orla Kiely pots and enamel cups.

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How to Hack Your Way to Being a “Best Selling” Book on Amazon

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Because of the high bar, the term “bestselling author” was [once] a term with some meaning. It was seen as something that was earned through a lot of hard work. But today, that designation has changed—for the worse. It’s like when you see a food described as “natural.” The FDA doesn’t actually regulate that term, so it’s basically meaningless.

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