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Five Ways Ghostwriting Is Good for the Soul

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 03.17.2015 | Books
Danielle Wolffe

Ghostwriting is the craft of translating people's spoken stories onto the page. Ghostwriters either share credit with the person the story is about; or disappear and gracefully let him/her take full credit.

Trash Reading

Allison K Hill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Allison K Hill

While my fellow booksellers and I spent the summer eagerly awaiting the new Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, and David Mitchell novels, I was also secretly counting down the days to the newest book in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic to the Stars.

10 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Indie Bookstores This Holiday Season

Wendy Webb | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Wendy Webb

People who own indie bookstores and the people who work there are your neighbors trying their best to make a small business succeed. By spending your money there, you're keeping it in the community, and vibrant small businesses make vibrant towns.

Is Shopping Local Making a Comeback?

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2015 | Small Business
Stacy Mitchell

Independent retailers might be on the verge of making a comeback. New data show locally owned stores are increasingly popular with shoppers, deliver more jobs and economic benefits than big retailers, and, in a few categories, like books and groceries, are now expanding in number for the first time in years.

Chicago's Newest Independent Bookstore

Roger Wright | Posted 01.23.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Remember what it was like to walk into a small, cozy bookstore on a rainy or snowy afternoon? You can smell new books. It's like smelling curiosity. And yesterday, Chicago got a brand new independent bookstore, Roscoe Books, just in time for the rain and coming snow.

Finding Faith

Allison K Hill | Posted 12.13.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

I've been trying to write about faith for weeks, well, years really. It's been on my mind lately because this summer my father had a stroke. And nothing brings this former Baptist back to Jesus faster than praying that my father will be okay.

Indie Bookstores Are Making A Comeback

Kevin O'Kelly | Posted 11.29.2014 | Books
Kevin O'Kelly

For avid readers, a bookstore is as much part of the social fabric of the community as is an old-fashioned town square or a beloved park.

Vacation Reading

Allison K Hill | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

I go to work and browse the bookshelves. Ask my fellow booksellers for recommendations. Buy more books. Then I evolve and start "surfing" online. Reading reviews and blogs. Spying on staff picks from other bookstores.

Book Clubs Are Badass

Allison K Hill | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

The gravity of choosing a club name. The ongoing battles to select titles. The no holds barred opinions and heated debates. Kicking members out for failing to read the book or stay on topic. The wine! These readers are the masters of their literary domain.

Calling All Authors: Amazon Isn't the Worst Offender

Lisa Kirchner | Posted 09.07.2014 | Books
Lisa Kirchner

As a first-time author who's just written a book for a small publisher, I'm organizing my own book tour. I've been contacting bookstores to a variety of responses, from enthusiastic acceptance to blinding indifference. Nothing I wouldn't expect. Until I got the email from one particular book seller.

Dave Jamieson

Indie Bookstore Rehires Workers It Fired For Supporting The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business

The owners of an independent bookstore in New York City have rehired four workers who were fired shortly after they voted in favor of union representa...

Pissed Off at Amazon? How to Help Your Writing Career with the Power of Your Purse

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

As Book Doctors we always say that independent bookstores are vital to any unpublished author. Right now, as Amazon is standing over the major publishing house, Hachette, threatening to crush them like a fruit fly, independent booksellers couldn't be more important. Let us explain why.

What Is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? The Answer Is an Open Book

Karen Gross | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Karen Gross

These are the students of today and tomorrow, whom we want and need to attract to higher education. It is these individuals who will help us to become, once again, the most educated nation in the world.

If You Please, Kind Sir... and Ma'am

Carol Hoenig | Posted 08.05.2014 | Small Business
Carol Hoenig

I've never been good at asking for help. It is not in my nature. That isn't to say friends and family don't assist me when I need it, but I am just no...

Book Doctors Interview Diana Abu-Jaber on How to Write Literary Commercial Prose

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

After three different people recommend the book to us, we always try to read it. This was the case with Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber. It's one of those rare books that's literary yet page turning.

Bookstore Tour of Los Angeles

Michelle Chahine | Posted 07.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Michelle Chahine

At thisbookstore, It's the second floor that will amaze you.

Dracula, Dark Magic and the Truly Terrifying: Relationships

Wendy Webb | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Wendy Webb

One of the things I love best about going on a book tour when I have a new book that has hit the shelves is meeting readers, bookstore owners and book...

The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Bernard Starr

What authors and wannabee authors crave is feedback on their manuscripts and proposals from publishing professionals -- mainly literary agents and editors.

James Patterson and 11 Other Authors Who Love Independent Bookstores

Zola Books | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books
Zola Books

Move over, Avengers, there’s a new superhero in town. Over the last year, bestselling author James Patterson has been donating grants to indepen...

How to Save Local Bookstores In Two Easy Steps

Eytan Levy | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Eytan Levy

Amazon beats local bookstores on price, and beats them on digital sales completely. Most people think local bookstores don't stand a chance. Plenty have done well enough, but there's a way out of this mess anyway. We can fix bookstores so they survive for decades to come. In two easy steps.

Could Barnes & Noble's Struggles Be Good For Indie Bookstores?

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

By Danny O. Snow for IndieReader: Does art imitate life, or vice versa? Back in 1998, we all rooted for the charming little bookshop around the...

WATCH: Why You Should Shop At Indie Bookstores

Posted 11.27.2013 | Books

Last year, the Obamas spent Small Business Saturday pursuing a local bookstore, and a number of indie stores held events to celebrate. This year, a mo...

Presidents: They're Just Like Us!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 11.26.2013 | DC

Presidents: they're just like us! In what may be one of our favorite Obama family traditions, President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have c...

A NYC Queer Bookstore Needs Your Help!

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Book stores are an endangered species these days and queer book stores like the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop and A Different Light, both of which rec...

Dear Oprah

Allison K Hill | Posted 09.06.2013 | Books
Allison K Hill

I guess I miss the good ol' days. President Clinton was in office and was frequently photographed with a book in hand, or seen visiting a bookstore. You had your book club. But I still want to say thank you for everything you've done to support books and promote reading.