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Join Us – Do You Own A Bookshop?

Join Us – Do You Own A Bookshop?

We are presently looking for 2 new Featured contributors. If you own or manage a small bookshop and would like to share some experiences/tips with our writers all while gaining a little exposure for your business – please consider joining The Bookshop Blog. We will expect the contributor to write[Read More...]

by July 15, 2014 News & Opinions
Should You Feel Embarrassed for Reading Kids Books?

Should You Feel Embarrassed for Reading Kids Books?

I’m not sure I agree with the premise of this article. I read YA from time to time. Perhaps the gist should be that you might feel embarrassed if YA is the Only lit you read. What do you think ?   As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this[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...]

The Love of Old Bookshops

The Love of Old Bookshops

a guest post by actress and novelist Elizabeth Housden   My earliest recollection of shopping with my mother when I was very small was to the local bookshop.  I learned to read very early, which is probably connected to my first remembrances and the only thing I spent my pocket[Read More...]

by May 9, 2014 News & Opinions
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