A trailer from the documentary about the struggle of independent bookstores to survive in a big box/internet culture... Paperback Dreams.
Paperback Dreams is a co-production of Alex Beckstead, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and KQED Public Television, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Two Centuries of Books in a Pennsylvania Barn
What might differentiate his shop from America’s throngs of ailing independent bookstores are the architecture and the intentional chaos. On five floors antique fruit crates advertising brands like Boy Blue and Lake Gold help hold up 200,000 volumes published over the last 200 years.
Blog post by Mike Shatzkin
No news from here today; just rumination.
Those of us in the book business have to choose which anti-social position we want to take.
Some people are for the most rapid possible adoption of ebooks. They can be cheaper. They don’t require paper which pollutes when you create it and adds carbon footprint every time you ship it around. They have much greater functionality, or at least the potential for it. They enable business models that don’t require capital-intensive infrastructure.
Say goodbye to yet another dusty, musty piece of vanishing Manhattan.
All that's now left of Skyline Books is a sign in the window reading "End of an Era. Thanks for 20 Great Years."
That's how long Robert Warren's used book store at 13 W. 18th St. lasted - a kind of hole-in- the-wall home to a universe of rare books, from first editions of Beat Generation classics like "The Dharma Bums," to pornographic Italian comics to an autographed copy of Charles Bukowski's "Post Office."
Commentary by publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin
Now I swear all this is true. As everybody knows, a very serious food fight broke out between Amazon and Macmillan late Friday night. All weekend Michael Cader led the way in ferreting out additional useful information and I spent most of today (Sunday) trying to write an analytical blogpost. I got it just about finished in the early afternoon, and the bottom line to what I’d written was “Amazon will not be able to sustain this.”
I decided to hold the post until after going to see Crazy Heart this afternoon and, when I came home, Amazon had already folded. But I had written a post that provided a lot of useful information, even if events had stolen my punchline.
So I’m giving it the once-over to edit it for the reality that Amazon has already announced that they will not continue to boycott Macmillan books.
Boulder Book Store won't say which writer tried to steal his own book
Scott Foley, who is now the floor manager for the Boulder Bookstore, wouldn't disclose the name of the thieving author but said his attempt to swipe his own tome has become an infamous story told during security training for new bookstore employees.
"We have a series of video and camera shots we show them, and he happens to be on that list," Foley said.
We are all suffering from the closing of independent bookstores, but Linda the bookstore cat is going to have a particularly hard time of it when NYC indie Skyline Books closes later this month.
Here's the story, from Gothamist.