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How Indie Bookstores Are Like Cheers Minus The Beer

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.28.2016 | Home
Eva Lesko Natiello

photo by E. Natiello Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday, and two days before Cyber Monday, is a relatively new national campaign to ...

The New Barnes & Noble: Attracting Readers, Not Authors

Kallen Diggs | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Kallen Diggs

For most indie authors, Barnes & Noble can be their worst enemy. Why? Well, there are not very friendly. I only got a book signing there because of my publisher (Morgan James Publishing). Although, it was not worth my time there at all.

Why We Love Indie Bookstores

Kate Gale | Posted 03.23.2017 | Home
Kate Gale

Whenever my husband and I go to a new town, we find the bookstore, and when we walk in, we feel the town's heart beat, stories happening like waves rushing in, like the universe being born.

When a Publishing Expert Opens a Bookstore

Fauzia Burke | Posted 02.25.2017 | Home
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.

Amazon's Brick-And-Mortar Bookstore Proves It Holds Nothing Sacred

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts

Can't Amazon let the book-selling old guard have anything? After years of concerted efforts to undermine brick-and-mortar bookshops, the massive onli...

Caught Between a Bookstore and That Amazon Place

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 03.25.2015 | Home
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Bookstores? They need to adapt and change, too, as many have. Because they are valuable, sacrosanct for some. Holy places. The church of the passionate reader, the beloved local business that nurtures local writers; a community's heart and soul thriving on that most precious of commodities: ideas, words, art, emotion.

Indie Bookstores Are Making A Comeback

Kevin O'Kelly | Posted 11.29.2014 | Home
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.

Four Great Ways to Find Indie Books You'll Love

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.20.2014 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

"What book will really capture your heart and mind?"

So You Want to Be a (Successful) Writer?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 06.10.2014 | Home
Carrie La Seur

Aren't there authors who stay outside the mainstream and are better for it? To satisfy myself, I concocted a version of objective analysis sufficiently rigorous to help a fiction writer relax. Scientists, shut your eyes.

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

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

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...

Claire Fallon

8 Unexpected Places To Find Your Next Favorite Book | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

We live in an age of soaring e-book sales. More and more readers are dumping their heavy hardcovers for a Kindle stocked with digital downloads. There...

WATCH: Why You Should Shop At Indie Bookstores

Posted 11.27.2013 | Home

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...

You Can Stick Your Stigma

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Neal Wooten

In case you're an Indie author reading this looking for the silver lining, let me say now that it does not exist, not yet anyway.

Bestselling Author To Donate $1 Million To Indie Bookstores (VIDEO)

Posted 09.16.2013 | Home

James Patterson said on "CBS This Morning" that he intended to help children become better readers. His announcement comes at a time when one in every...

Obama's Disappointing Letter To Indie Booksellers

Zoë Triska | Posted 08.30.2013 | Home

President Obama recently responded to a letter from New England Independent Booksellers Association director Steve Fischer in reference to Obama's rec...

Who Needs Publishers & Bookstores? Writers, Readers & Everyone Else

William Petrocelli | Posted 10.18.2012 | Home
William Petrocelli

An idea has taken root in certain quarters that publishers aren't necessary any more. And for that matter, who needs bookstores? It's a seductive idea, but it gnores the fundamental realities of the book business.

28 Ways To Save Bookstores

Posted 08.10.2012 | Home

Real-world bookstores are suffering. We all know why. However, they are far from gone from our lives, and the iconic San Francisco bookstore Keple...

Why Local Bookstores Are Important

Wendy Welch | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Wendy Welch

When I say, "local bookstore," odds are good the first thing that comes to mind is not a book you've bought, but a person, a sense of place, even just a vague cozy feeling.

What's YOUR Favorite Independent Bookstore? (VOTE)

Posted 07.05.2012 | Home

It's Independent Booksellers Week in the UK, but given that we're the ones who came up with Independence Day, we thought we'd celebrate by asking you ...

WATCH Ann Patchett: Can Online Shopping Make You The Unabomber?

Posted 02.21.2012 | Home

Last night, Ann Patchett appeared on "The Colbert Report" to defend physical bookstores everywhere. Colbert introduced her by praising the amount ...

A Band of Determined Eccentrics

William Petrocelli | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
William Petrocelli

What accounts for an upsurge in confidence among independent booksellers? In part, it's because of an increase in sales in many of these stores within the last quarter.

Why We Need to Save the World's Last Remaining LGBT Bookstores

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Oscar Raymundo

If every LGBT bookstore in the world is set to fade, who will proudly stock our queer, oftentimes "unpublishable" stories? Who will help us validate our fight against mainstream censorship? What will be our gayborhoods' living rooms? certainly won't.

How Will We Read: On Main Street?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
C. M. Rubin

Many independent book stores are already redefining their role for the future by finding new and compelling ways to differentiate themselves from online retailers.

Upstairs, Downstairs: Torn Between My Books and My Kindle

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.12.2012 | Home
Holly Robinson

My husband gave me a Kindle for my birthday. At first I protested. As a writer, avid reader, and patron of indie bookstores with cats curled on floral armchairs, what did I want with this devilish contraption?

Occupy the Book: Is It Author Spring?

Brenda Peterson | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Brenda Peterson

Are we now seeing the power shift from publishers to authors? A kind of Occupy Publishers' Row by enterprising authors? Or perhaps an Author Spring?