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Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday May, 2 April 30, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Video

Are you ready for the first ever nationwide Independent Bookstore Day? Building on the success of last year’s inaugural California Bookstore Day, independent bookstores across the country are getting ready for this day of celebration.  And why not – after a brutal run that saw more than half our independent bookshops wiped out things have stabilized and a glimmer of hope has returned and seems to be getting brighter. Over 400 bookstores are part of…

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Serial book litterbug caught in Colorado April 27, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

Bookselling has always been a tough business and since the rise of Amazon it has become a near impossible undertaking. Whatever barriers to entry that existed previously where obliterated with the advent of e-commerce. A unique username and a valid credit card have become the only requirement to become a “bookseller”.  Enter Glenn Pladsen who purchased the stock of a used bookstore that was closing in Boulder, Colorado eight years ago. His hope was to set up shop on Amazon…

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Health update: Printed Books in Satisfactory Condition March 4, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops

artist rendering of Jeff Kinney’s forthcoming bookshop Lots of good news floating around recently on the health of the printed book. Jeff Kinney, author of the wildly popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series is opening a bookstore. “I feel angry that so many bookstores have gone away” Kinney told the Boston Globe. “People love books and they don’t want to see them go away. We’d like to be a part of that movement.” At Digital…

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Next up for coolest bookshop on the planet: Bucharest, Romania February 18, 2015 – Posted in: bookshops, Interior Design

The latest jaw-dropping bookshop to grace the planet is Cărtureşti Carusel (The Carousel of Light).  Opened by the Romanian bookshop chain Carturesti this concept store occupies a newly renovated 19th century architectural gem located in the heart of Bucharest. The 6 majestic floors will house books, music and DVD’s, a cafe, a multimedia event space and an art gallery. Cărtureşti Carusel facebook page New Magical Bookstore Opens Its Doors In Romania bored panda Previously on Book Patrol: Model Bookshop: The new Shonan…

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Bookshop Theater: A little “Misery” at Barnes and Noble January 27, 2015 – Posted in: bookshops, Content, Video

In 2011 Norfolk, Virginia’s The Generic Theater presented “a thrilling stage adaptation” of the Stephen King novel Misery. As part of the promotional festivities one of their actresses went to the local Barnes and Noble for a little publicity stunt. ‘Crazy Chick Flips Out in Barnes & Noble’ is how they titled it and what we get is a “Misery” infused encounter with an unsuspecting (?) employee. The actress is channeling the character Annie Wilkes (think Kathy…

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