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The New York Times Gets It Wrong

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

Our view is that Beatrice and Virgil is a beautifully written, unconventional and intriguing book that should be read and discussed broadly. It would be a real shame for readers to summarily dismiss this book because it disappointed a few critics.

Why All the Fuss About "Independent" Bookstores?

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

We started writing this week about why independent bookstores have to reinvent themselves, but then it occurred to us that we ought to step back and first discuss what an independent bookstore is.

Creating New Literary Experiences: Because Amazon Can't Help You Make Friends

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

The vision: Create a new literary event whose success would be measured by how much fun people have talking about books and how many new friendships they develop with other lit-minded people.

Why Did We Quit Our Cushy Corporate Jobs to Reinvent Independent Bookselling?

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

"You did what?" is the typical response when we tell our friends that we quit our cushy corporate jobs and bought an independent bookstore in the heart of San Francisco.

Evolve or Die: Why Reinvent Independent Bookstores?

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

We believe that independent bookstores can have a great future and we are betting our careers on it.