One Book, One New York Returns for the Summer

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Indie Booksellers Outraged Over Decision to Launch “Marlon Bundo” on Amazon

Marlon Bundo maybe making the bestseller list but to some independent booksellers, they feel were not given the chance to reap the benefits. Continue reading “Indie Booksellers Outraged Over Decision to Launch “Marlon Bundo” on Amazon”

Bookshop Holiday Experience for Bookworms

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Calling on all book lovers!

Have you ever wanted to run a bookstore? A bookstore in Scotland gives you that opportunity!

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Amazon Books Won’t Bring Indie Bookstores to Their Knees

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Amazon Books: Located at The Shops at Columbus Circle, New York, NY

When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:

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By creating their online business, Amazon has cornered a huge market of book buying which most of the purchasing is done online. So why would Amazon take the risk of opening a brick and mortar bookstore, especially when a lot of them have been closing and people continue to fear their extinction?

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Your Guide of Indie Bookstores in NYC

Yesterday was a day to rejoice book lovers! It was Independent Bookstore Day, an annual party that celebrates the uniqueness and the independent nature of indie bookstores. They are more than just businesses, they are community centers and local staples for passionate book lovers. In the time of technology, it is important we express the importance of independent bookstores and what they provide to their local communities.

I urge you to visit your local indie bookstore. You never know, they might be throwing a party and various events in their honor. However, if you are one of the few to be living in New York City, there are some great independent bookstores that you should visit. If you don’t and plan on visiting NYC in the future, I just completed a guide of places you should definitely visit! Here it is:

Strand Bookstore – This is my all time favorite bookstore to go to! It is no joke when they say “18 miles of books”. You can spend all day here. It is no wonder this iconic store has been here for over 90 years.

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Book Haul from Independent Bookstore Day

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Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

Hope all of you manage to venture out to support your favorite local bookstore. I went to the Strand Bookstore in New York City (if any of you visit New York, you need to visit Strand Bookstore, it is a booklover’s dream). I went on a little shopping spree (which is never a bad thing in a bookstore) and found some great finds!

1. What Maisie Knew by Henry James-I haven’t read any other Henry James novel but the plot of this one sounded very interesting so I thought I would give it a try.

2. The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola-Originally written in French and then translated. BBC show, The Paradise was based off from this novel.

3. The Mayor of  Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy- I’m going to take LizzyReads‘s suggestion and give this one a try. The plot did sound interesting so maybe this will be a redemption of Thomas Hardy in my eyes.

4. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell-I read North and South and loved it. So I can’t wait to read more of her work. I also have Wives and Daughters  but maybe I’ll save that to read for next year.

5. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf-I didn’t particularly like Mrs. Dalloway but I heard a lot about this one and like with Thomas Hardy, I though I give her another chance.

6. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll-I heard a lot about this one. Most people have said it is similar to the style of Gone Girl and it was at a discount. Hopefully I won’t get disappointed like last time.

It looks like I have a lot of great reads! I can’t wait to get started!

Weekly Tea Discussion: Amazon vs. Bookstores

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Welcome to the first week of Weekly Tea Discussion!

In honor of Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, I thought we talk about Amazon and independent bookstores.

When the whole Amazon and Hachette dispute over e-book pricing that occurred last year, I watched everyone, from writers and readers alike, attacking Amazon, especially criticizing their actions for withholding Hachette print books from their website.

Now, I don’t agree with what Amazon does sometimes, especially in this case. What I don’t agree with is everyone making Amazon public enemy number #1. Mishka Shubaly, the author of Sympathy for the Devil: In Defense of Amazon, I feel said it perfectly:

Jeff Bezos didn’t build Amazon: We did. Amazon didn’t buy out and board up independent bookstores. We abandoned them. We chose convenience over community, commerce over art. The Big Five sell glossy-covered, sensational page-turners and celebrity tell-alls and escapist vampire soft-porn because this is what we’ve told them we want to read. The solution isn’t to order the latest Hachette bestseller online from Wal-Mart.”

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Day 23: 10 Things I Miss

1. I miss the vast amount of independent bookstores in the city.

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Coliseum Books (Closed since 2007)

2. Peeps all year round.

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3. I miss the “original” Strongbow, not this sweetened Americanized Strongbow they’re pushing on us.

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4. Movie tickets costing $5.00 or $.6.00.

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5. I miss when classic books were at a decent price, like those Bantam Classic Books

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6. I miss London.

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7. I miss not having to worry about taxes…or bills…or anything about being an adult.

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8. I miss Smallville

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9. Oddly enough, sometimes I miss college.

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Hunter College

10. I miss my grandma.

My grandmother (left) and my cousin Rhonda (right)

 

.This is Day 23 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.