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Guns and Books a Winning Combination for Wyoming Bookstore

As the folks over at the Wyoming Arts blog recently noted, a few weeks ago Publisher’s Weekly featured Torrie Rice’s Wheatland Mercantile Book Nook in Claire Kirch’s article, ”Wild West Bookseller.” Kirch writes:

“According to Rice—a self-professed ‘bookaholic’—Wheatland, a primarily agricultural community adjacent to a desolate stretch of I-25, halfway between Cheyenne and Casper, had always lacked a bookstore. The local library ‘didn’t have much,’ either, for the town’s 3,500 residents.”

So in 2003, Rice started a bookstore, but that’s not all she sells:

“This being Wyoming, where a Wild West mentality still thrives, Rice sells the 4,000 titles in her inventory alongside products made and sold by her husband, Jef Rice: custom-built handguns and rifles.

Full story here.

At the store's website they have a link to an author's website. Notice that the author's website has a certain theme to it. What do you see on every book cover?


Book Lovers Ask, What’s Seattle’s Secret?

Who (and/or whom) do you want to dictate your taste in books...

1) Amazon
2) Costco
3) Starbucks
4) a librarian
5) thank you I'll make up my own damn mind?

The New York Times talks about the book buyers for those three retailers, and the fact that all are headquartered in America's most literate city, Seattle.

Librarian and book guru Nancy Pearl is also highlighted as an arbiter of literary taste, and her start in Seattle is documented in this article.

Seeking Saucy Books Online? Don't Bother with Abunga touts itself as a "family friendly" Web site that allows its buyers to ban so-called 'saucy books' from their accounts. What's more, if enough customers block a certain book, the company removes it from the site altogether.

Just this month, the Knoxville, Tenn., site banned "The Golden Compass," a children's fantasy novel that has been targeted by religious groups as being anti-Christian since the release of the film version of the book in December. More from ABC News.

Michael Dirda on the the Past & Future of Bookselling, eBay etc.

"Once I could have sold my books to any number of local used bookshops for a reasonable sum--now nobody much wants anything, aside from rarities--because everything is available online. I myself understand the attractiveness of being able to buy everything you want, but I don't like the whole outlook. It's like a billionaire buying a beautiful woman any time he wants one to sleep with--where's the romance, where's the excitement, the heartache, the attendant glories and sorrows of romance? Once it was exciting to go out 'booking'--and there were scores of places to go. But now, now. To make everything freely available makes everything seem that much less interesting and desirable. But I begin to rant."--Michael Dirda in a discussion held Wednesday at the Washington Post.

An Espresso Book To Go With That Latte?

Vermont's wonderful Northshire Bookstore is getting one of those hot new Espresso Book Machines. They are proud to be the first independent bookstore in the United States—and one of only five locations in the world—to have an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) right on the premises. The EBM is a patented fully integrated book-making machine that can automatically produce a beautiful, high-quality trade-size paperback book in mere minutes...take a peek here(quicktime movie).


MI Books owner charged in theft probe

Prosecutors charged the owner of a long-time Ann Arbor used-book store and three other individuals in a book-selling scheme that involved hundreds of stolen textbooks from a nearby store.

Police said in court Tuesday that the owner of David's Books requested a "shopping list" of books from the three other suspects, and they stole the items for cash to feed a heroin habit.

Bookseller Amazon Building on Review Function offers pages of information on the book titles it sells online, including reviews. And now the reviewers are being reviewed, as customers are invited to rate a review's "helpfulness."

Full four minute audio clip at NPR

Borders opens bookshelves to digital services

When you walk through the doors of Borders' (BGP) new concept store, the place feels familiar. As with any big-box bookstore, you'll find a coffee shop over here and some strategically placed leather chairs over there. And, of course, lots of books.

But follow the table of books snaking off to the right, and you'll come face-to-face with Borders' newest retail strategy: a digital center where you can download music or books, burn CDs, research family histories, print pictures and order leather-bound books crammed with family photos — with help from clerks who know how to do those sorts of things and won't embarrass you if you don't.

Story continued here.


Orwell's ill-tempered rant on bookselling

An Interesting Boing Boing Post with an essay by George Orwell from 1936, "Bookshop Memories." It's a hilarious, ill-tempered, mean-spirited and vastly entertaining rant about what's wrong with the booky trade -- sure to be appreciated by recovering booksellers like me, and bookstore junkies.

But as soon as I went to work in the bookshop I stopped buying books. Seen in the mass, five or ten thousand at a time, books were boring and even slightly sickening. Nowadays I do buy one occasionally, but only if it is a book that I want to read and can't borrow, and I never buy junk. The sweet smell of decaying paper appeals to me no longer. It is too closely associated in my mind with paranoiac customers and dead bluebottles.


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