The Renaissance of Indie Bookshops

Feb 14

Indie booksellers are capitalizing on a combination of social media presence and person-to-person marketing to make connections that larger booksellers don’t have.

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4 responses to “The Renaissance of Indie Bookshops”

  1. John Schulman-aka CalibanBooks says:

    Thanks Paul for posting this great blog about indie bookstores. As one of the last ones left in Pittsburgh, Caliban Bookshop is also enjoying good years, crowded aisles, interested customers, strong sales, etc. When we first started, it was the Big Box stores like B&N and Borders that were killing the indies; but when Amazon killed the Big Box stores, there was room again for indies to spring up — stores for people who like to browse and who eschew the cold, depressing world of online bookselling. Much as Amazon tries to tailor recommendations to its customers, that’s a far cry from a smart, well read, friendly book clerk steering customers to books of interest. As more customers realize this, there will be — there already has been — a backlash against the impersonal stupidity of online book sales, and back to us indies. Gives one hope for mankind.

  2. It’s interesting that Amazon has inadvertently made space for independent bookshops again–a refreshing, accidental backlash that was created by technology itself.

  3. Bowen Craig says:

    With every new electronic device of the twentieth century, someone inevitably predicted the death of the book. They were wrong. They’ll continue to be wrong. If Amazon was supposed to kill the independent bookstores, then why does every little town I know still have its own dusty, well-loved, magnetic little one?

  4. Books do seem to have a staying power that other low-tech leisure devices–the Walkman, for example–lack. They have a charm that keeps people interested even when they have more high-tech ways of reading.

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