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Most e-Readers Are Also Real Book Lovers

Most e-Readers Are Also Real Book Lovers

Gone are the days of the printed book. Like vinyl records books will continue to be produced on a small scale for those eccentric, nostalgic readers who plan their vacations around visits to the few remaining Indie Bookstores. True or not so true? According to a Pew Survey, “E-Reading Rises[Read More...]

by March 20, 2014 Digital Devices, News & Opinions
They said WHAT? Not-so-funny Customer Comments

They said WHAT? Not-so-funny Customer Comments

We’ve all had wide-eyed moments when we find ourselves thinking Really, did this person standing in front of me actually just say that?  And being the customer-focused, benefit-of-the-doubt-giving, gentle bookseller souls we are, we respond with a nod and a smile and keep our sarcastic comebacks to ourselves. The good[Read More...]

by February 21, 2014 News & Opinions
Auld Lang Sign of the Times

Auld Lang Sign of the Times

by Jas Faulkner The last meeting of the Central Avenue Readers Group did not happen in the usual place. There was no collection of chairs gathered from throughout the store and placed in a circle near the big front window of Central Avenue Books. There was no dimming of the[Read More...]

by December 31, 2013 News & Opinions, Used Bookshop
Reflections and Pots of Gold

Reflections and Pots of Gold

Tis the season for holiday celebrations, and when we have time to breathe, reflection on the year that is whirling toward its end. Last week I inadvertently insulted a friend-of-a-friend when I said I wasn’t in it [bookselling] for the money. We were at a holiday party and our conversation[Read More...]

by December 20, 2013 News & Opinions, Opening a Bookstore
Could Reverend Billy V. The People of NY Have An Effect On Free Speech?

Could Reverend Billy V. The People of NY Have An Effect On Free Speech?

by Jas Faulkner  Reverend Billy and his partner, Savitri, are no strangers to being approached by police officers and security personnel.  They have seen many a purposeful walk to their particular brand of disturbance with a message.  Some of these approaching men and women wear blank game faces with the[Read More...]

by December 2, 2013 News & Opinions
Tea (and Books!) For Two, Three, Four, Five…

Tea (and Books!) For Two, Three, Four, Five…

by Jas Faulkner I joined my first book club in the mid-eighties.  We were a loosely organized group of a dozen or so students from three different colleges in Memphis.  We met at each other’s apartments and dorm rooms twice a month to discuss the book we’d chosen, what else[Read More...]

by November 7, 2013 Books & Mags, Miscellaneous, News & Opinions
Agent Peter Strauss on the Man Booker Prize Rule Changes

Agent Peter Strauss on the Man Booker Prize Rule Changes

The controversy over the Man Booker rumbles on. Agent Peter Straus argues the rule changes will create surprising submission scenarios and calls on the organiser to open its purse strings to reflect the broader canvas If the reason to sponsor a prize is to get your brand in the news,[Read More...]

by November 1, 2013 News & Opinions
Tricks and Treats

Tricks and Treats

by Jas Faulkner If you’re reading this not long after it was written (October 31st, 2013)  you have probably seen the many reports about an anonymous woman in North Dakota who declared that she was indeed passing out candy, but not to children she deemed “moderately obese”.  They would get[Read More...]