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Book Clubs Are Badass

Allison Hill | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Allison 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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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As Book Doctors we always say that independent bookstores are vital to any unpublished author.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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 Hill | Posted 09.06.2013 | Books
Allison 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.

Obama's Disappointing Letter To Indie Booksellers

Zoë Triska | Posted 08.30.2013 | Books

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

The Truth About Amazon and Job Creation

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Of all the places President Obama might give a speech on job creation, an Amazon warehouse is a particularly perplexing choice. Here are five ways Am...

In New York, The Real Vanity Publishers Converge

Michael Levin | Posted 08.05.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

The reality is that bookstores are disappearing. That book readers are finding other things to do with their time and money.

11 Lessons Authors Should Learn

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

Buy other authors' books when you go to their events. Even if you aren't going to read it. Even if you are going to give it away. Even if you aren't interested. Not just for the author but for the bookstore. It's karma and just plain good manners.

Gayle Shanks of Changing Hands Bookstore on How Writers Can Work with Booksellers to Achieve Success

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

"It's not necessary to write about the impact Amazon has had but more interesting I think is the innovative ways that indie stores have struggled and evolved and managed to stay around in spite of the stiff and often unfair practices from the chains."

9 Awesome Picture Books That Need Rescuing From Obscurity

Jay Bushara | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
Jay Bushara

There are many good reasons you missed the latest literary wonder in this age of picture book plenty. It came from a tiny publishing outpost in Michig...

Authors Caught Between Inky Mom & Paper Dad

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Judging from how much the order for my new novel, The Comfort of Lies, was reduced, I am firmly in the "lesser known" camp of writers in the standoff between Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster.

The Best Ghost Stories I've Heard on my Book Tour

Wendy Webb | Posted 05.26.2013 | Books
Wendy Webb

No, I believe in ghosts now because, at every reading I've done, no matter where in the country I am, people tell me about the otherworldly experiences they've had.