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Secondhand Shops Supersize To Maximize Potential

Picture Caption: The Used Book Superstore in Nashua, N.H., occupies the space that once housed an electronics chain. The store has an inventory of 100,000 books that are organized on metal shelves.


Resale and thrift merchants around the country are growing by sticking to a simple business model: high volume, low cost of goods and cheap rent. The economic downturn created an opportunity these for-profit businesses to move into larger spaces once occupied by giant big-box stores.

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Volunteers help move 150,000 books from condemned store

Volunteers help move 150,000 books from condemned store
A condemned building once full of books is now empty thanks to the helping hands of the community. Nearly 100 people helped Daughtry's Old Books on Front Street pack up Saturday.


American Enterprise, Chronicling the Creation of Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Saturday Night Live take-off on the significance of the creation of Barnes & Noble Bookstores...something that could apply equally to libraries, don't you think?

Borders Boots Out Man's Best Friend

The Borders bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor is dog-friendly no more reports OhMiDog.

After years of allowing dogs, the bookstore has decided to enforce the chain’s company-wide policy prohibiting pets from entering. “We prioritize the safety and happiness of our customers,” Borders spokeswoman Mary Davis said. “We think that it’s important to put this particular store in line with our other stores, which currently only allow service dogs.” reports that the store’s general manager said she had “received a number of complaints about the dogs, some of which she described as ‘nasty,’” (meaning the complaints, I’m pretty sure, and not the dogs).

Borders declined to specify the nature of the complaints. At least one was made to county health authorities, who pointed out the store, since it houses a coffee shop, is licensed as a food service establishment.

Some patrons expressed sadness about the new no-dog policy.


Paperback Dreams, The Tale of Two Bookstores

A trailer from the documentary about the struggle of independent bookstores to survive in a big box/internet culture... Paperback Dreams.

Paperback Dreams Trailer from abeckstead on Vimeo.

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

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.


Raven Used Books

Raven Used Books on Flickr. The picture has this caption - I like the sign but this is more about angles than the book store. (I think the picture has some very neat and subtle angles that play with your eyes)

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Why are you for killing bookstores?

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.

Full blog entry here

Skyline Books closes doors after 20 years

Village rare bookstore, Skyline Books, closes doors after 20 years

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."


The wild weekend of Amazon and Macmillan

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.


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