Brick and Mortar Thoughts

I've been robbed and feel …

Would this make you angry or sad for the guy? He’s obviously made some poor decisions in life. We had a rather odd event happen last week that I’m guessing does not happen too often in smaller towns. A rather suspicious looking guy, who looked about forty five but may[Read More…]

by November 5, 2007 Brick and Mortar Thoughts
Fenwick Street Used Books and Music

Fenwick Street Used Books and Music

Joe Orlando runs a great service for owners of Brick and Mortar store. Many of you are already subscribers, for those who own a shop and aren’t you may want to consider signing up. Have a question on return policies, buying out another store or simply pricing a rare tome[Read More…]

It's never too late to follow a dream

Our review of the eBay search tool we promised will be coming this weekend, sorry for the delay. A fantastic story about following a dream came to us via the Old Bookstore group on Yahoo. It comes from Lera of The Novel Shoppe. – Thanks Lera. **************************************** May I take[Read More…]

Killing a section, you're next sports – better shape up.

Part I by Bruce Hollingdrake, your host at Bookshop Blog Have you scrapped a complete section recently? I fear that I’ve been a bit stuck in my ways. I assumed that any self-respecting bookshop should always have a nice supply of the ‘standard’ categories. Of course each shop will have[Read More…]

by September 12, 2007 Brick and Mortar Thoughts
Becoming a Procrastination Center

Becoming a Procrastination Center

One thing that independent booksellers should learn from the chain stores is that a customer wants a comfortable place to kill time almost as much as they want a selection of reading material. Of course not every independent can accommodate a café and comfy chairs–and we don’t want to encourage[Read More…]

Will altering the colour of your shop increase its bottom line?

Will altering the colour of your shop increase its bottom line?

We have a guest writer posting today. John Goodman is a manager at Zeeba Books as well as a budding filmmaker. He shares his thoughts on colour and its effects on business. ************ Colour your online and/or book world. There are many theories concerning colour and how it affects the[Read More…]

Universal truths – Isn’t it possible they apply to the book business!

Universal truths – Isn’t it possible they apply to the book business!

We have a new contributing writer to introduce. George from Calgary (I’ll get his last name soon and see if he can share a short bio with us). Please take a sec to visit his website, Fair’s Fair – no online sales but a very nicely designed site. ******************** I[Read More…]

If you are a Canadian bookseller and still using the Post Office you're crazy.

Shipping rates through Canada Post are ludicrous. If you are a recognized bookseller you are eligible for fairly substantial savings through the Canadian Booksellers Association. The association has worked out a deal with Canpar courier that gives us reduced rates and the reductions are substantial. A typical regional delivery with[Read More…]