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Book Sorting and the Fine Art of Forensic Psychology

Book Sorting and the Fine Art of Forensic Psychology

by Jas Faulkner “How long ago was Bush president? No need to answer. It’s a rhetorical question. Take a look at this.” Sam, who was on book sorting detail, bent down out of frame of her webcam and straightened back up.  In each hand she was holding a trade paperback. [Read More…]

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
Getting Boots Into Your Bookshop

Getting Boots Into Your Bookshop

Online shops and physical bookshops share some challenges and one is called traffic, getting people to actually come in the door.  Physical shops do this by being in a good location and by advertising, online shops do this with SEO.  There are many different forms of SEO, there’s all the[Read More…]

by February 14, 2010 Miscellaneous, Used Bookshop
Want to Open a Bookshop That is Sure to Fail?

Want to Open a Bookshop That is Sure to Fail?

There are plenty of success stories out there and I can confidently tell you that making a used bookshop work is not impossible, even during tougher times. What you don’t often hear is a story from a failed dealer explaining his mistakes. I’ve made a few and I don’t want you to do the same. First of all I want you to know that I don’t consider my bookshop to be a complete failure, only a partial one.

A Cautionary(?) Tale:  Or, There are no Morals in Book Selling

A Cautionary(?) Tale: Or, There are no Morals in Book Selling

Every time something is going to go terribly wrong, there are foreshadowing missteps that not only make you cringe when you look back, but also provide ample time to anticipate your undoing.

by March 2, 2008 Bookstore Profiles, Used Bookshop