Category Archives: Book Biz

Timber!

We are pleased to announce that our new web store is live.  Yes, we’ve been doing this bookselling thing for a couple decades now, but we changed technology a while back, and we hope this new feature is bigger, better.  … Continue reading

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Workaday

I haven’t posted lately.  It just — well, it gets busy.  I was going to write up my trip to Chicago to buy remainders back in October, and Otis’ Old Curiosity Shop here this holiday season, and then my trip … Continue reading

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Advanced Reader’s Copies

Advanced Reader’s Copies of forthcoming books are sent by publishers to booksellers and reviewers.  They are not supposed to be sold.  So they pile up.  We have decided to GIVE THEM AWAY.  As long as they last, we will let … Continue reading

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How Low Can You Go? A Kiss-and-Tell

I was asked to answer some questions for a local paper’s profile on small businesses.  One of the generic questions was: “Community support obviously is so important for locally owned stores – can you describe an experience you’ve had in … Continue reading

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Saturn Press

We were thrilled by a surprise visit by the owners of Saturn Press, Jim vanPernis and Jane Goodrich.  I know their operation is on Swan’s Island, Maine, so it was indeed a treat to see them in Cleveland!  Saturn Press … Continue reading

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Job Opening!

It’s true, we’re hiring.  We’re specifically hiring data entry people this time around, so if you’ve got typing fingers and a detail-oriented mind, and you like books, then this might be a good match! The task is huge, so we … Continue reading

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Wednesday Work-a-day

What do we do all day in the bookstore?  Here’s a snapshot. Today, we have a new online ordering system with our main book distributor, Baker & Taylor.  Title Source 3 has been retired, and Title Source 360 replaces it.  … Continue reading

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double your market share

I’m a big fan of Instapaper.  Instapaper is a service (program? app?) that allows you to bookmark websites (articles) so that you can explore (read) them later on various other devices.  For instance, you can bookmark interesting newspaper articles that … Continue reading

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Sweet Sixteen

It’s my fault.  I knew that a group of working women who wanted me to talk about my business would gravitate towards the media-saturated subjects.  So I decided to confront these subjects head-on: the internet, Amazon, Borders, eBooks.  Officially, I … Continue reading

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Tired Tuesday

So, the day started out with a merchants meeting and ended with book club group that stayed rather late. In between those times, there were books to buy, books to sell, and cleaning up unexpected paperwork. Now it’s sleeting up … Continue reading

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