Articles by: Tom Nealon

Blood Sucking Genius

Blood Sucking Genius

…when a woman brought in a few bags of vampire books – mostly what they are calling paranormal romance – I was more inclined to look. Obviously we’ve paid some measure of attention to Anne Rice (as she’s slowly become impossible to sell) and the Twilight books have moved rapidly in and back out of the shop, but I was completely unprepared for how this phenomenon still has legs…

by May 12, 2009 Books & Mags, Tools
Pazzo Books – A Moving Story

Pazzo Books – A Moving Story

It’s funny – when I was packing up our 20,000 books and all of the associated detritus that collected along with them over the past five years, I swore that had to be the worst part of the move. Before that, when I was pulling down pink plywood, plastering over[Read More…]

by June 13, 2008 Brick and Mortar Thoughts
What Gets Left Behind – Moving a Bookstore for Fun and Profit

What Gets Left Behind – Moving a Bookstore for Fun and Profit

So we labor at plastering and rug removal, sheet rocking and painting (colors have been a chore to agree on – I won’t ruin the surprise as to what we chose for a scheme, but some have suggested we’d have been better off with the pink)

by May 20, 2008 Miscellaneous
Report from a Beantown Book & Antiques Fair

Report from a Beantown Book & Antiques Fair

Last weekend we had a booth at the Boston Antiquarian Book &
Ephemera Fair which was part of Boston Antiques weekend.
..It’s funny that a recent post here was about optimism, because no where is the typical
bookseller’s lack of optimism more evident than at a book fair…

by April 29, 2008 News & Opinions
Shall I compare thee…In Praise of Ex-library books

Shall I compare thee…In Praise of Ex-library books

Shall I compare thee to an unread text?
Thou art less lovely but more affordable
Rough hands withdraw them not nor their pages vex…

by April 11, 2008 Books & Mags
Is the world ready for The Book Spider?

Is the world ready for The Book Spider?

Clicks and bricks, bricks and clicks – people throw these around, and they
are certainly descriptive of a business that operates both real world and
virtual stores, but what they lack in practice is a true synergy between
the businesses. I know for our shop that we’re really just running two
largely parallel businesses out of the same location.

by March 23, 2008 News & Opinions
A Cautionary(?) Tale:  Or, There are no Morals in Book Selling

A Cautionary(?) Tale: Or, There are no Morals in Book Selling

Every time something is going to go terribly wrong, there are foreshadowing missteps that not only make you cringe when you look back, but also provide ample time to anticipate your undoing.

by March 2, 2008 Bookstore Profiles, Used Bookshop
Internet Commerce:  Building a Bridge to the 20th Century

Internet Commerce: Building a Bridge to the 20th Century

Innovation has been limited (have a look at any of the book sites via the
Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine which archives sections of the internet)- the internet is
still basically an electronic version of a print catalog, with little to
recommend it, particularly bookselling wise.

by February 19, 2008 News & Opinions