Posts Tagged: bookstores
Last week, the New York Times wrote about the end of Manhattan’s bookstore culture as the shops follow the city’s literary scene into the outer boroughs. Now Dustin Kurtz over at MobyLives raises the possibility that bookstores are responsible for the gentrification of their new neighborhoods, asking three bookstore owners in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods to weigh in....more
Rumors of independent bookstores’ demise may be at least somewhat exaggerated.
On the day before Christmas, New York’s iconic Strand Book Store tweeted that it just had the “best sales day in the history of 86 years at the store”!
(No reports on whether the two marriage proposals that occurred at Strand that day broke any records.)...more
Ever wonder what would happen if a bunch of well-known authors invaded your favorite indie bookstore?
This past weekend, patrons around the country saw it happen. Sherman Alexie’s “Indies First” project successfully launched with writers around the nation volunteering at local independent booksellers, meeting with readers, selling books, and, in the case of children’s book author Bob Shea, cleaning out bookstore refrigerators....more
Could Amazon actually be helping indie bookstores?
It seems counterintuitive, but after a devastating reduction in numbers in the late ’90s, the American Booksellers’ Association has finally started to grow—albeit slowly—since 2005.
Nate Hoffelder at the Digital Reader argues that by killing off (or mortally wounding) big-box bookstores like Borders, Amazon has made room in the ecosystem for indie bookstores to do what they do best: personally connect readers with books, authors, and publishers....more
A character in Jim C. Hines’s Libriomancer calls bookstores “the closest thing I have to a church.”
If you, too, worship at the altar of crowded shelves and cracked spines, you’ll adore this list of ten unique bookstores from around the world as much as we did....more
Department of Eagles’ Fred Nicolaus is obsessed with John Cheever. “I read John Cheever’s collected short stories when I was twenty, and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since,” he states. So obsessed that his brand new solo project, Golden Suits, takes its name from a Cheever reference, and this brand new video was an experiment inspired by Cheever’s story “The Swimmer.”...more
If the Strand is a palace for books, then Ben McFall is king—of its fiction section, at least.
“It seems like a feat, but if it were your house, you’d know where things are, too,” Mr.
Another bookstore closes and San Francisco yawns. But Adobe Books on 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero isn’t another bookstore. It is a haven, a port for lonely souls, readers....more
The good news, as The Atlantic Wire reported yesterday, is many bookstores in Manhattan and Brooklyn managed to weather the storm, and should be—if they aren’t already—doing business as usual within the next day or so.
The bad news is powerHouse Arena, a beloved bookstore situated in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, was not so lucky....more
The New York Times reported yesterday on the notable difference between independent bookstores in France, and their struggling American counterparts.
The article describes the way in which government intervention and price fixing for French-language books has buoyed printed literature in the era of the e-book....more
The bookstore I worked at in college recently closed. I hadn’t thought of the store in probably a few years, hadn’t set foot inside in considerably longer....more
“Cooper Union agreed to reduce the St. Mark’s Bookshop’s rent by $2,500 a month for the next year and send students to help St. Mark’s create a more sustainable business plan.”...more
Here’s more fuel for the dialogue on brick and mortar bookstores and their integral role in creating and supporting the literary community. HTML Giant’s got a double dose of input on the subject—a video of Matthew Stadler delineating the difference between readers and shoppers, and an essay in The Stranger by Paul Constant, encouraging us to take action....more
This massive Milwaukee bookstore is overflowing with small press publications—an awesome bookstore size-to-indie love ratio that doesn’t seem to happen as much as it should.
Besides Woodland Pattern’s impressively diverse chapbook section, the bookstore is integral to the literature community in Milwaukee....more
It’s the age of all-things digital and this era of dwindling printed publications brings with it some serious losses. Among them, is the loss of the of the five-finger discount.
Stealing books, which some authors have cited as a phase in their literary development, doesn’t really have a place in the age of digital media, which devalues print and makes stealing unnecessary....more
“The number of books I buy while sober is, I have noticed, inversely proportional to the number I buy while drunk. It’s a zero-sum game, as Proust once observed of wet dreams: when all the resources are consumed in the night, none are left for waking life.”...more
It’s something of a major milestone to keep an independent, used bookstore running for twenty-five years.
And that’s exactly what Phoenix Books in San Francisco is celebrating this month.
So as an Anniversary celebration and as part of Noe Valley Celebrates the Book, Phoenix is hosting some incredible authors this evening from six to eight p.m....more
Stacey’s, on Market Street in San Francisco, is going to close it’s doors in March. Stacey’s was (is?) well regarded for helpful service, a fantastic selection, and a great location for people working downtown. They also ran a popular noon reading series so people could see readings during their lunch break....more