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Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On

Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On

As the holiday shopping season swings into full force, it’s interesting to watch people buying books. Many a wish list has everything from the latest by Stephen King to an Amazon Gift Card (an actual card or via email) to a new e-reader device. Yet the battle for which is[Read More…]

by November 29, 2014 Book Buying
Black Friday for Book Lovers

Black Friday for Book Lovers

As the U.S. gears up for Thanksgiving and the ever-changing Black Friday sales, the focus tends to be on electronics, video games, toys and clothes. There are, however, a multitude of deals available for book lovers of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for print or e-books, new books or classics,[Read More…]

by November 27, 2014 Book Buying
Tracey Rolfe: My Self-Publishing Journey

Tracey Rolfe: My Self-Publishing Journey

A guest post by Tracey Rolfe When I wrote my first book what I knew and understood about the publishing world you could write on the back of a postage stamp. The following is a not very subtle breakdown of my frustrating experience:  (1) print and collate three chapters of[Read More…]

by October 24, 2014 Self Publishing
Great Books with Horrible Dating Advice

Great Books with Horrible Dating Advice

This is by Robert Bruce of 101 Books When I was single, I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite[Read More…]

by October 10, 2014 Classic
David Sedaris – Ask Me Anything

David Sedaris – Ask Me Anything

Earlier this week, American humorist and longtime NPR contributor David Sedaris joined social network site Reddit for one of its famous AMA (Ask Me Anything) Q&As. CanLit fans may recall that Margaret Atwood did one not too long ago. Sedaris, who is getting ready for a major speaking tour, showed[Read More…]

by October 9, 2014 Authors
My $0.02 on Amazon/Hachette

My $0.02 on Amazon/Hachette

I am very late to getting up to speed on the Amazon/Hachette dispute. I apologize in advance to those for whom this post will elicit a giant Duh. Until a few months ago, I was a clueless civilian. Today, I still only have in stock approximately 100 titles and a handful of puzzles,[Read More…]

by August 15, 2014 Brick and Mortar Thoughts
All About Community

All About Community

This past week Dianne and I got to attend the Hachette-NAIBA Open House in Manhattan. Peggy wasn’t able to attend since she was on vacation that had been planned for quite some time. There were many other independent booksellers in attendance from the region and it was helpful to hear[Read More…]

by August 11, 2014 Miscellaneous, Publishing
What Does a Bookseller Do?

What Does a Bookseller Do?

I hope the readers of the Bookshop Blog can help me out here. What is a bookseller’s job description, especially when the bookstore has a staff of one? Because I have young children, I try to limit my work days to Wednesday-Friday, which are the days my elder daughter is at[Read More…]

by August 8, 2014 Brick and Mortar Thoughts