Opening a Bookstore

10 things to ask when you've already bought the store

10 things to ask when you've already bought the store

So you’ve just bought yourself a bookstore. Congratulations.  You asked all the big questions before buying, rent, utilities, cash flow, inventory, etc.  but before the old owner moves to Florida make sure to ask some specific questions about the details of doing business. 1. Where are the lightswitches? Oh you[Read More…]

Up, down, & sideways- shelving your books

Up, down, & sideways- shelving your books

Before you buy your bookcases for your new bookstore, take some time to figure out what display method will be the easiest for you to maintain and show your books off to best advantage.

Between Friends, the Joy of a Bookselling Mentor

Between Friends, the Joy of a Bookselling Mentor

I loved finding an out of print or hard to fine title, even one with a dedication in a flowery script would have me buzzing. As a bookseller, I had no experience. I had a barrage of questions, all of the most obvious ones: what to buy, where to buy it, how to sell it…

The Best Time to Open a Business?

The Best Time to Open a Business?

Another nugget of insight from one of Canada’s premier used bookstores Fair’s Fair of Calgary, Thanks George . Please take a moment to visit Fair’s Fair. Google and Microsoft started in times like these. I remember hearing in the mid 1980’s that the best time to open a new business[Read More…]

Shane needs help with used bookstore book..

Shane needs help with used bookstore book..

Shane Gottwals Gottwals Books www.gottwalsbooks.com Bookseller needs help with bookselling book! I am in the process of writing a book all about the struggles of the independent used bookseller. I am a semi-accomplished writer but, more importantly, I AM a struggling independent used bookseller. My goal is to garner an[Read More…]

A short bio or a long introduction…

[editor’s note] We have a new bookseller aboard. Bob Lewis comes to us from Ontario, Canada and will be adding his views and experiences to our site, thanks for sharing your bio here Bob. ****************************** I spent my first 8 years in England near Codicote – a village founded by[Read More…]

by January 18, 2009 Opening a Bookstore
Open A Used Bookstore – Lessons Learned

Open A Used Bookstore – Lessons Learned

One of the first things we did as we were getting settled in on the first day was to look for the HIGHEST PRICED BOOK IN THE INVENTORY. We wondered: What does a 150 year old $1400 Angler book look like? The book was nowhere to be found!