independent bookstores

Years ago, while raising my three children and taking numerous writing courses, my reading tastes were along the lines of
The first time I set foot in "Bluestockings," I felt a rush of late 70's nostalgia. I instantly recalled the first gay bookstore I visited when I lived in Philadelphia, a clean, airy space, named "Giovanni's Room" after one of the titles of the iconic African-American gay writer, James Baldwin.
There are fewer and fewer bookstores and I fear that a decline in their numbers will mean a little less love in the world. (Even if you think you love Amazon.com, let's be honest, you're just settling for a cheap version of the real thing. Don't you deserve better?)
More Recommendations from Off the Shelf: In my bookstore, when I pull The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
I took a long time to get on board with the whole Kindle thing but once I did, I was all in. Yet I love my neighborhood bookstore (they serve wine!) and I try to patronize them as much as possible.
There is something irreplaceable about walking among shelves of carefully curated books, touching their spines, sliding the
Traditional bookstores offer a sanctuary to those of us searching to immerse ourselves in a new world of subjects or dive deeper into some of our favorite topics. They are local, communal areas designed to connect others to share stories and knowledge.
A lifetime of memories and knowledge and love and experience that can't be taken away, not by mere mortal fire. He has a
Lynn Rosen has viewed the book publishing business from every perspective. She has worked as an editor, literary agent, journalist, and author. I sat down with her to ask her about her latest and maybe bravest endeavor -- independent bookstore owner.
I thought a book coming from an Amazon imprint would be like publishing "on steroids." But when I urged the publisher to
Amazon is rapidly expanding its online empire, but behind the conveniences that the company offers are a lot of hidden costs
Wouldn't it be great if we could figure this out? Most of us muddle through the dilemma, trying to get it right and every once in a while there is a beautiful day when it works. I find myself yearning for those moments since everything feels so high-speed, creating demands and the need to always be rushing.
When I first heard the phrase 'self-publishing,' I envisioned myself at a printing press: paperbacks flying across the garage while my ink-stained fingers desperately tried to stuff the little rascals into boxes.
We first met Melissa Cistaro when she pitched her book to us at a Pitchapalooza we did for Book Passage (one of America's great bookstores) in Corte Madera, California. We've been doing this so long we can usually tell when someone has a book in them and is capable of getting it out successfully.
One comment that followed one of the articles covering our story was from a man who said that Peggy and I were nothing more than two bored housewives trying to make owning a bookstore our hobby and quite likely it would never come to fruition. Obviously, he knew nothing about us.
Housing Works Bookstore Café, part of the Housing Works charity in New York City, which provides housing and other services to people living with HIV/Aids, perfectly exemplifies the answer. While walking into a generic big-box bookstore feels a lot like shopping at a slightly more expensive, slightly less convenient version of Amazon, walking into Housing Works feels worlds apart.
Ghostwriting is the craft of translating people's spoken stories onto the page. Ghostwriters either share credit with the person the story is about; or disappear and gracefully let him/her take full credit.
While my fellow booksellers and I spent the summer eagerly awaiting the new Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, and David Mitchell novels, I was also secretly counting down the days to the newest book in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic to the Stars.
People who own indie bookstores and the people who work there are your neighbors trying their best to make a small business succeed. By spending your money there, you're keeping it in the community, and vibrant small businesses make vibrant towns.
Independent retailers might be on the verge of making a comeback. New data show locally owned stores are increasingly popular with shoppers, deliver more jobs and economic benefits than big retailers, and, in a few categories, like books and groceries, are now expanding in number for the first time in years.