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Bluestockings Bookstore and Café--Injecting Some Fun into "The Revolution"

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 08.05.2016 | Books
Melody Breyer-Grell

The first time I set foot in "Bluestockings," I felt a rush of late 70's nostalgia. I instantly recalled the first gay bookstore I visited when I lived in Philadelphia, a clean, airy space, named "Giovanni's Room" after one of the titles of the iconic African-American gay writer, James Baldwin.

Love And Bookstores

Allison K Hill | Posted 06.29.2016 | Books
Allison K Hill

There are fewer and fewer bookstores and I fear that a decline in their numbers will mean a little less love in the world. (Even if you think you love Amazon.com, let's be honest, you're just settling for a cheap version of the real thing. Don't you deserve better?)

A Full-Bodied Narrative that Cultivates Empathy Like No Other

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Tom Nissley | Off the Shelf In my bookstore, when I pull The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman off the shelf for a prospective ...

Is My Kindle Reading Harming My Beloved Community Bookstore?

Heather Garbo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Denver
Heather Garbo

I took a long time to get on board with the whole Kindle thing but once I did, I was all in. Yet I love my neighborhood bookstore (they serve wine!) and I try to patronize them as much as possible.

Little Miracles Everywhere, or How Billings, Montana Got Its Bookstore Mojo Back

Carrie La Seur | Posted 04.13.2016 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Last Friday night in Billings, Montana, a little miracle occurred, and I was part of it. It has been a season of miracles here in big sky country, and...

Bookstore Laps -- It's What We Do

Angela Schonberg | Posted 03.25.2016 | Books
Angela Schonberg

Traditional bookstores offer a sanctuary to those of us searching to immerse ourselves in a new world of subjects or dive deeper into some of our favorite topics. They are local, communal areas designed to connect others to share stories and knowledge.

Losing Everything

Allison K Hill | Posted 03.09.2016 | Books
Allison K Hill

Someone I love lost everything a few months ago. A middle of the night house fire. A narrow escape. A home in ashes. My brother is making an invent...

When a Publishing Expert Opens a Bookstore

Fauzia Burke | Posted 02.25.2016 | Books
Fauzia Burke

Lynn Rosen has viewed the book publishing business from every perspective. She has worked as an editor, literary agent, journalist, and author. I sat down with her to ask her about her latest and maybe bravest endeavor -- independent bookstore owner.

It's Time for Bookstores to Stop Boycotting Amazon Publishing

Andrew Zack | Posted 02.09.2016 | Books
Andrew Zack

When Amazon.com announced it was going to start publishing books as well as selling them, my reaction, like many in the publishing world, was mixed. O...

Before You Click: Amazon vs. Local Business (Infographic)

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Amazon is rapidly expanding its online empire, but behind the conveniences that the company offers are a lot of hidden costs. We put together an info...

Notes From My (Book) Shelf: Holiday 2015

Roxanne Coady | Posted 12.11.2015 | Books
Roxanne Coady

Wouldn't it be great if we could figure this out? Most of us muddle through the dilemma, trying to get it right and every once in a while there is a beautiful day when it works. I find myself yearning for those moments since everything feels so high-speed, creating demands and the need to always be rushing.

The Oxymoron of Self-Publishing

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

When I first heard the phrase 'self-publishing,' I envisioned myself at a printing press: paperbacks flying across the garage while my ink-stained fingers desperately tried to stuff the little rascals into boxes.

Melissa Cistaro on Horses, Mothers, Bookstores and How She Got Her First Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.26.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Melissa Cistaro when she pitched her book to us at a Pitchapalooza we did for Book Passage (one of America's great bookstores) in Corte Madera, California. We've been doing this so long we can usually tell when someone has a book in them and is capable of getting it out successfully.

Time to Order the Books!

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.31.2016 | Books
Carol Hoenig

One comment that followed one of the articles covering our story was from a man who said that Peggy and I were nothing more than two bored housewives trying to make owning a bookstore our hobby and quite likely it would never come to fruition. Obviously, he knew nothing about us.

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...