The indie bookstore revival is not just a New York City phenomenon (Shelf Awareness, August 3, 2010). Pittsburgh indies are adapting as well. In a feature headlined "The Second Wave of Pittsburgh Bookstores," POP City reported on the Steel City's bookshop renaissance, noting that the "economic climate has bookstores all over town tweaking their business models. "
Laura Jean McLaughlin and Bob Ziller "recently had a bookstore business 'fall out of the sky and into their laps when Ziller's former employer, Riverrun Books... offered them 10,000 'awesome' second-hand books." Awesome Books opened last February and "is moving a hefty number of poetry titles," which surprised the owners. "Poetry is probably our biggest seller," said McLaughlin. Caliban Book Shop
manager Kris Collins welcomed the arrival of Awesome Books, explaining: "The more bookstores, the better. For us, it means more people coming to book-shop in a centralized area, and more places for us to send customers if we don't have the book they're looking for."Joseph-Beth Booksellers
"downsized from a two-level behemoth on Carson Avenue in South Side Works, to a much more compact space facing the Town Square of that complex. But with a location more suited to pedestrians, the store's foot traffic, book browsing, and event attendance have only increased," POP City
wrote. "The old location was a place that people drove by," said general manager Chris Rickert.
Bill Boichel, who moved his Copacetic Comics Company
to a larger location in late May that is "three times the size, and offers more display space, sunlight, and an expansive hilltop view" told POP City
"that indie culture centers like book and record stores are crucial for 'nurturing the next generation of local talent.'" POP City
also observed that Copacetic's "arrival is one of four new ventures reversing a 30-year trend of decline in neighborhood retail. Appreciative residents have already noted its impact from front porches, as a steady stream of pedestrians pass by, the bookstore's conspicuous green bags in hand."
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Thousand Joys, Frederick, Md., a New Age store selling books, music and
gifts that was founded in 2006, is closing this Sunday. In the store's
newsletter, owner Patrick Spahr wrote, "Please allow me to personally
thank you for having been a friend of Ten Thousand Joys! It was a great
Legacy Books, Plano, Texas, which opened less than two years ago (Shelf Awareness,
October 23, 2008), is closing on August 14, "the investors' decision,"
the store said. But owner and manager Teri Tanner, who formerly worked
at Borders and Barnes & Noble, aims to open another bookstore.
a statement, Tanner said, "I am disappointed that the store will not
continue. But I am very proud of the work done here, and on behalf of
our team I want to thank all those who supported a locally owned and
operated 'indie' of this stature over the past 21 months. We will miss
our customers the most." She added that "North Texas readers deserve and
will support exceptional independent booksellers." She is the head of
Double T Consulting, which describes itself as "a company dedicated to
pursuing independent bookselling and other retail opportunities."
24,000-sq.-ft. store was one of the largest opened in recent years.
Based on information from Legacy marketing manager Kyle Hall, the Dallas Morning News
said that while the store "quickly gained a customer following and
became a destination for author book signings, the business wasn't
enough to keep the store operating.
"Not facing Legacy Drive hurt
the chain's prospects for attracting spontaneous shoppers or others who
remembered driving by that they needed to stop at a bookstore."
The latest video from Green Apple Books, San Francisco, Calif., shows that a dedicated bookseller will always go the extra mile (or at least across the street) to handsell his store's latest book-of-the-month pick.
Northern Michigan booksellers and Traverse magazine editors picked 30 Great Summer Reads "that have Northern Michigan authors, settings and mentions" for MyNorth.com.
profiled DreamHaven Books
, Minneapolis, Minn., and invited readers to "stop in and say hi to one of Minneapolis's longest-standing independent booksellers," owner Greg Ketter.
Summer reading for Red Sox Nation. The Boston Globe
's Bob Ryan "never could figure out what 'beach reading' was. To me, a book is a book, summer, fall, winter, or spring. Locale has nothing to do with it either, whether it’s in bed, on the porch, in the living room, or on the beach. What’s the difference?"
Nonetheless, Ryan suggested "a few sports books that will entertain and edify, with no particular connecting thread other than they’re all new and they’re all good. The connection, if any, is that they do enable us to draw a timeline spanning approximately 125 years of American sport."
Let the debate begin. NPR's audience nominated 600 novels to its Killer Thrillers
poll of the best all-time mystery novels, and then cast more than 17,000 votes to reach the final top 100 list of "fast-moving tales of suspense and adventure" and unexpected darkness.
"Even the [Agatha] Christie pick, And Then There Were None
, is one of her creepier novels," said NPR's book critic Maureen Corrigan, who served on the advisory panel for the project.
The top 10 Killer Thrillers:
- The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
- The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
- The Shining by Stephen King
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lonely Planet has launched an interactive, iPad version of its new Discover guidebook series, beginning with e-books for Great Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland that "feature suggested itineraries organized by region, theme and length of trip," USA Today reported.
Frontline indie booksellers work in a much quieter environment, but still may empathize with the video series "What it's really like to work in a music store," which was showcased on Boing Boing.
Patrick Cramsie, author of The Story of Graphic Design: From the Invention of Writing to the Birth of Digital Design, picked the top 10 graphic design books "that have shaped our visual culture" for the Guardian and wrote: "Nearly all of these books on graphic design appeal as much to the eye as to the mind, being beautiful as well as useful. In some, this marriage is so complete that they stand as archetypes of their medium; as specimens of perfection in book form."