Browsing Category : Welcome to the Bookstore

Dear Customer: Please Stop


Customers can be…odd. That’s the polite way to put it. For every fantastic or wholly normal customer a bookseller meets, there’s always that one person who has to mess up the day for everyone. Some infractions are minor whereas others can get downright frustrating.

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Stuff Booksellers DON’T Know


Booksellers get a lot of questions on a daily basis. Where can I find this book? Who wrote this book? When was this book published? Is this in paperback? When will this author’s next book be available? Most of these questions are pretty typical (and normal), but there are still plenty of things that a bookseller won’t know and, unfortunately,…

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How to Shop for Geeks


We live in the era of the unabashed geek, and it’s wonderful. But what if you’re not into Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, or comic books and you have friends or family that are? What do you buy them for the holidays? Don’t fret — there’s still hope.

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What You Need to Know About Local Author Signings


After years of hard work, you’ve finally published your book. Great job! Your next step? To schedule a book signing at some of your local bookstores to help promote your book. It’ll be easy and bring in a lot of new readers and sales, right? Not exactly. Unfortunately, this is what a lot of new and inexperienced authors believe. From…

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Why Isn’t It in Paperback Yet?


Welcome to the bookstore, where conversations such as this can happen: Customer: Hi. I know this book just came out, but can I get it in paperback? Me: I’m sorry, ma’am, but it’s only available in hardcover. Customer: Well, I saw it at Target and they had it in paperback. Me: Ma’am, if you find the paperback at Target, I would love for…

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Anatomy of a Harry Potter Release Party


If you’ve ever been to a Harry Potter Midnight Release Party, then you know how awesome they can be. Bookstores that range from independent to corporate-run didn’t take long to realize how popular Harry was, and they’ve been rocking the midnight releases ever since. But what exactly goes into these events? And how does a store handle what might amount to…

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Welcome to the Bookstore


Indeed, welcome to the bookstore, where I will be your humble bookselling guide to all things books, publishing, and the world of the book business. As a bookseller and manager of nearly 10 years, I can safely say that no, we don’t sell trumpets, Charles Dickens doesn’t have any new releases because he’s dead, and if you know what an ISBN…

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