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    The independent bookstore lives! Why Amazon’s conquest will never be complete →

    Stop carving that gravestone. Brick-and-mortar bookstores aren’t dead, yet. On the contrary, independently owned bookstores are growing in number. According to the American Booksellers Association, since hitting a nadir in 2009, the number of indie bookstores in the U.S. has grown 19.3 percent, from 1,651 to 1,971. The current total is less than half the 1990s peak of around 4,000.  But it still serves as a rebuke to the conventional wisdom that equates Amazon’s relentless rise with the inevitable death of the physical bookstore.

    What explains this renaissance? The collapse of Borders in 2011 is one big piece of the puzzle. (Removing a dominant carnivore from the savannah gives all the other animals a little more breathing room.) The end of the recession also contributed to a more nurturing economic environment.

    But there’s more to the story. There is increasing evidence that the same digital transformation that has so dramatically reshaped the publishing industry, and driven millions of consumers online, also paradoxically rewards locally rooted authenticity. Our digital tools are steering us toward brick-and-mortar stores that promise a more satisfactory consumer experience than either chain stores or online emporiums can provide.

    In a world increasingly influenced by our social media interactions, it’s turning out there may well be enough room for the little guy to survive — and perhaps even thrive.

    — 6 months ago with 19 notes
    #independent bookstore  #publishing  #books  #paper books 
    Just another reason why I love DC. More little free libraries are popping up in DC area.

    Just another reason why I love DC. More little free libraries are popping up in DC area.

    — 1 year ago with 7 notes
    #dc  #books  #reading 

    "Are they [books] your friends? Do you have a great love of books and learning?"

    The most adorable 1940s guidance video on how to become a librarian.

    — 1 year ago with 17 notes
    #books  #library  #librarians  #1940s  #vintage  #how-to 

    Check out the short film “The Last Bookshop.” 

    The Last Bookshop imagines a future where physical books have died out. 

    One day, a small boy’s holographic entertainment fails, so he heads out to explore the streets of abandoned shops outside. Down a forgotten alley he discovers the last ever bookshop. And inside, an ancient shopkeeper has been waiting over 25 years for a customer…

    (via Flavorwire)

    — 1 year ago with 30 notes
    #independent bookstore  #bookstore  #books  #short film 
    Amazon Tightens Its Chokehold →

    Goodreads, according to Salon’s own publishing maven, Laura Miller, “was the single major readers’ community independent of Amazon.” But maintaining that independence hasn’t been easy. Up until January 2012, Goodreads used the Amazon Product Advertising API as its primary source for book data. But as Jon Mitchell explained last year, getting in bed with Amazon comes with some rather stringent handcuffs. For one thing, Goodreads wasn’t allowed to use that data in conjunction with any site or app “designed or intended for use with a mobile phone or other handheld device.”

    Disappointing indeed.

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #amazon  #books  #bookstore  #goodreads  #salon 
    I admit I’m a sucker for this literary save-the-date wedding invite.

    I admit I’m a sucker for this literary save-the-date wedding invite.

    — 1 year ago with 345 notes
    #book nerd  #books  #reading  #save-the-date  #library card  #wedding 
    Nation's First Bookless Public Library Could Be in Texas →

    The library system, dubbed BiblioTech, proposes to make thousands of e-books available for county residents both online and at a 5,000-square-foot physical location on the South Side of the county, according to a statement issued by Bexar County officials. Visitors would be able to check out books to read on their own e-readers or tablets, or borrow one of the library’s 150 take-home e-readers.

    — 1 year ago with 5 notes
    #technology  #ebooks  #ereaders  #libraries  #books  #library 
    Libraries See Opening as Bookstores Close →

    “A library has limited shelf space, so you almost have to think of it as a store, and stock it with the things that people want,” said Jason Kuhl, the executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Renovations will turn part of the library’s first floor into an area resembling a bookshop that officials are calling the Marketplace, with cozy seating, vending machines and, above all, an abundance of best sellers.

    As librarians across the nation struggle with the task of redefining their roles and responsibilities in a digital age, many public libraries are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores. They are increasingly adapting their collections and services based on the demands of library patrons, whom they now call customers.

    Today’s libraries are reinventing themselves as vibrant town squares, showcasing the latest best sellers, lending Kindles loaded with e-books, and offering grass-roots technology training centers. Faced with the need to compete for shrinking municipal finances, libraries are determined to prove they can respond as quickly to the needs of the taxpayers as the police and fire department can.

    “I think public libraries used to seem intimidating to many people, but today, they are becoming much more user-friendly, and are no longer these big, impersonal mausoleums,” said Jeannette Woodward, a former librarian and author of “Creating the Customer-Driven Library: Building on the Bookstore Model.”

    — 1 year ago with 7 notes
    #libraries  #books  #ebooks  #library  #technology