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Shaking the Doubts

Shaking the Doubts

I admit that there are occasions when I wonder if my business associates and I are delusional about opening a bookstore. Fortunately, those doubts are often put to rest when I read stories like this one: “Indie Booksellers: ‘Indispensible Players in Community Life.’” There are so many great quotes in[Read More...]

With Physical Book Sales Declining, Foyles Takes a Leap of Faith

With Physical Book Sales Declining, Foyles Takes a Leap of Faith

You might think that a hundred year old bookshop that has recently experienced 20% annual declines in sales would consider packing it in. With the tremendous acceleration in the growth of e-book sales, are most old established bookshops in peril? Instead of rolling over and playing dead, the venerable Foyle’s is[Read More...]

St. Louis Bookstores That Still Have Plenty to Offer

St. Louis Bookstores That Still Have Plenty to Offer

Curling up with a good book seems to be a term from the past. Now it’s relax with a tablet or sit at my desk and read my computer. Those terms just don’t sound as cozy, do they? It’s true, the digital age has waged a war on those of[Read More...]

by May 18, 2014 Bookstore Profiles
The Best Bookstores in Montreal

The Best Bookstores in Montreal

by Nissa Khan Montreal lost a treasure when Nicholas Hoare closed its doors in 2012.  A towering oasis tucked away in Westmount, the bookstore was a marker for independent English Language shops that housed everything from Classic and contemporary fiction to literary magazines, travel books, art tomes, children’s literature and[Read More...]

by April 25, 2014 Bookstore Profiles
Open Books, Chicago’s Little Gem

Open Books, Chicago’s Little Gem

This is a guest post by Open Books, click here for more information on submissions. Book it to the Open Books Store We’re all familiar with the well-known cultural destinations in the Windy City – the museums, Wrigley Field, Millennium Park — but there is one little-known gem in Chicago’s[Read More...]

by June 24, 2013 Bookstore Profiles
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Wonderland is Closed

On a visit to Logee’s greenhouses in Connecticut, we happened across a bookstore called Wonderland. It was night, we were looking for a place to eat, so only glanced at the window and its shadows within, deciding we would make a trip back into town the next morning to check[Read More...]

One Week AFTER the Opening of Swan’s Fine Books

One Week AFTER the Opening of Swan’s Fine Books

  Fans far and wide, please accept my deepest, most sincere, heart-felt apologies. I had the very BEST of intentions of writing my final pre-opening post one week before Swan’s Fine Books opened its doors, and clearly fell down on the job. Let the side down, old chap, and all[Read More...]

by May 13, 2013 Bookstore Profiles
The Niche Bookstore is Most Definitely Not Dead

The Niche Bookstore is Most Definitely Not Dead

I saw Notting Hill a few years ago.  I’m sure at this point everyone knows that Hugh Grant’s character is the owner of a travel bookstore.  A store that sells only travel books.  When I first saw Notting Hill I thought it was a hilarious idea. How could that possibly[Read More...]

by April 30, 2013 Bookstore Profiles