Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question: Continue reading “Friday Debate: Barnes and Noble”
A few days ago, an editorial was published in the New York Times depicting the deep trouble Barnes & Noble is truly in and why, more than ever, the retail book chain needs to be saved. Across the web and the blog-sphere, writers and book lovers a like are urging that we need all that we can do to save a company that is literally the last book chain in the United States. There is strong encouragement now, to shop at Barnes & Noble more and support their future.
I must be in the minority because that is not going to happen for me. Continue reading “Why I Don’t Shop at Barnes & Noble”
Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question: Continue reading “Friday Debate: Indie Bookstores”
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”
When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:
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?
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.
Formerly well-known as California Bookstore Day, CBD is now expanding nationally, changing its name to Independent Bookstore Day. On May 2, 2015 indie bookstores across the country will be holding events to celebrate. Independent bookstores are so important, especially in this economic climate. But that is not the only important thing. As it says on the CBD website,
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book.”
Independent Bookstore Day is only a month away so set aside May 2 and go out there and support your indie bookstores!
(If you are in the vicinity of New York, indie bookstores of NYC have already set up a website , with future events planned for that day.