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Overwhelmed With Orders, Some Black-Owned Bookstores Ask for Patience - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:29
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Overwhelmed With Orders, Some Black-Owned Bookstores Ask for Patience “We are running as fast as we can,” a Boston shop told customers who are clamoring for antiracism books that are soaring in popularity but hard to keep in stock.

 

From: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/books/black-owned-bookstores-frugal… Overwhelmed With Orders, Some Black-Owned Bookstores Ask for Patience - The New York Times

Stephen King ‘horrified’ by loss of his manuscripts in bookstore flooding

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:10
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Gerald Winters’ bookstore, which specializes in rare and limited edition copies of King’s books, was among the handful of businesses damaged by flooding from the broken pipe in front of 46 Main St. “I’m horrified. As a book lover, my heart goes out to him,” King told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday.

The populism of Amazon’s real-world bookstores

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:35
Walking around, I half-expected to see SQL queries accompanying some of the displays — “SELECT * FROM books WHERE rating > 4.8 AND pub_year = 2017 ORDER BY number_sold”. Amazon definitely needs to figure out how to get a little weird into their stores, a little of the human touch. Toning down the data talk would help. A more casual typeface might work too — not Comic Sans but perhaps something at least approaching handwritten? They’ve got so so much data about how people buy books…they just need to be more clever about how they slice and dice it.

Seattle Mystery Bookshop: Why the Seattle Mystery Bookshop Must Close

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:19
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Why? There are so many reasons. Blame Amazon? Sure, that’s the easy thing to say but the massive changes in the world of bookselling are far larger than that. In fact, the changes in the over-all economy make it a much, much bigger story.
From Seattle Mystery Bookshop: Why the Seattle Mystery Bookshop Must Close

Texas Aggieland Bookstore no longer selling books

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 09:19
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A longtime College Station business is making a big change. The Texas Aggieland Bookstore is no longer selling books. Buying textbooks for college classes isn't how it used to be. "I find it easier just to get on my tablet and have my books on there," said Texas A&M student Zachary Williams. He wasn't surprised that the Texas Aggieland Bookstore is pulling textbooks from shelves.
From Texas Aggieland Bookstore no longer selling books

UK Book sales the week before Christmas were highest in 10 years

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 14:24
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Christmas trading for the UK book market saw its strongest sales in 10 years, new figures have revealed.  Nielsen BookScan reports that a total of £83.3m worth of print books were sold in the run-up to Christmas, which marks the highest since 2007.
From Book sales the week before Christmas were highest in 10 years | The Independent

Barnes & Noble holiday sales sink as coloring-book fad fades

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:44
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Barnes & Noble Inc. posted its first decline in holiday sales in three years, hurt by a downturn in the coloring-book category, bringing another sign that the Christmas season wasn’t kind to retailers. Same-store sales sank 9.1 percent for the nine-week holiday period, the New York-based company said on Thursday. Coloring books and other art supplies — products that had surged last year in part because adults were embracing them — were particularly weak.

"We set out to build the bookstore of the 21st century"

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 13:41
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Among the factors that have made Kepler’s a sustainable operation, two stand out. First, Madan and his team have built on the store’s heritage as a place that achieves impact not just as a book retailer but also as a community center. And second, they have explored the potential of using a hybrid structure that combines for-profit and nonprofit elements.
From Turning the Page | Stanford Social Innovation Review

In plot twist, independent bookstores survive forecasted doom

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 10/02/2016 - 19:10
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Independent bookstores like hers seem to have turned the page on predictions of their economic doom. The American Booksellers Association reports that sales nationally rose by more than 10 percent in 2015 compared to the same period a year earlier and sales in the first two quarters on 2016 remained strong.