Baldwin's Book Barn - End of an era

Blog post at "Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie" about Baldwin's Book Barn being for sale.

Look at these great pictures on the Book Barn website:
A Walk Through the Barn

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Baldwin's on eBay

Clearly buying from Baldwin's Book Barn on eBay is nothing like being at the store. But if you cannot get to Pennsylvania and you want to buy something from the store you can. Baldwin Book Barn on eBay

Man, that makes me sad.

Man, that makes me sad. When I lived in Delaware, one of my favorite weekend excursions was to Baldwin's. Though I wasn't happy that the owners smoked in it, it was a real browsing wonderland.

This stinks!

Man, that makes me sad too. I love that place. So quirky and interesting. I hope it's all a lie. : (

it's so much easier buying on Amazon

...isn't it? But this store's closing is mostly the result of the rise of internet bookstores and Amazon in particular.

Don't let anyone kid you about 'wanting to retire', 'ready to move on' excuses. I'm sure that if the owner could have sold the Book Barn to someone to run as a bookstore, he would have. Caveat emptor, the indies are dropping like flies.

Maybe that is why Baldwin's sells on Amazon

Baldwin's sells on Amazon as well as eBay.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/storefront/index.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sel...

The store is up for sale. In the blog post linked to above the blogger thinks that the store will not sell because of the economy. There is no indication that the store is not making money. The current owner has to move on at some point and it looks like this is when he wants to move on.

>I'm sure that if the owner could have sold the Book Barn to someone to run as a bookstore, he would have.

They are not even advertising on their website that the store is for sale. If they want to sell the store they need to get the word out.

Also Birdie you need to distinguish between the new and used book market. It looks like Baldwin is in the used book market. The used book marketplace is doing fine. What is a difficult market is selling new books. There has been a crisis in the new book market for the last 50 years. The economics of selling new books has always been messy.

Take a look at this book: In Cold Type: Overcoming the Book Crisis

Know when it was written? 1997 when Amazon was starting to take over? 2002 when the Internet was even more dominant in bookselling? Nope the book was written in 1982. Internet was not causing the book crisis in 1982. Leonard Shatzkin was in the publishing industry and he wrote this book to point out the numerous problems in the book publishing industry. Leonard Shatzkin's son Mike runs the IdeaLogical company that does consulting for the book industry. Here is a blog post by Mike about his father Leonard that gives the credentials of the father. "In Cold Type" is a book that the publishing industry should have acted upon.

The problems and unnecessary expenses created by an inefficient publishing industry hurts independent bookstores trying to sell new books. Shatzkin raised the problem of remainder books in his 1982 book.

Birdie remember the danger of a single story. You single story is the problems with independant bookstores is Amazon. The problem is much more complicated than that.

Straight From Baldwin's Book Barn...

Hello folks,

Stay tuned with all news from Baldwin's Book Barn. My name is Livingstone and I handling all the social media FUN for Baldwin's. You can keep undated several ways.

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Stay in touch, and if you're ever in the area, stop in and say hello!

Talk soon,
Livingstone

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