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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.

Celebrating Independents Day

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2012 | Books
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

Bookshop faced two more calamitous, yet unnatural, acts designed to finally destroy one of the two largest independent bookstores in the county.

Should Amazon Be Taxed To Protect Smaller Booksellers?

Posted 03.21.2012 | Books

The French Ministry of Culture has proposed a controversial new tax on digital book industry giants such as Amazon that goes far beyond any other curr...

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

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 03.10.2012 | Gay 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? Amazon.com certainly won't.

Should You Boycott Amazon?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.12.2011 | Books

Should people boycott Amazon? Increasing numbers of retailers and publishers have been daring to ask the question, in the face of aggressive tactics b...

Book Justice for All

Colleen Jaurretche | Posted 12.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Colleen Jaurretche

Lending and owning books is basic to culture and the building of community, and essential to democracy. It is a gesture of basic humanity that we cannot afford to lose.

How Did This Georgetown Indie Bookstore Thrive?

The Munch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Levy opened Bridge Street Books in 1980, and was the sole employee for the first six months. The independent bookstore, which now has four part-time e...

It's Okay to Be Ambidextrous, but Don't Let Either Hand Do All the Work: on Jaron Lanier and Book Buying

John Mesjak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Mesjak

Indie bricks and mortar bookstores may not always be able to satisfy that desire for "search-find-click-done" instantaneity, but online search & shop can only take us so far.

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.

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.