For today’s post I have three items of interestâ€¦
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The Truth About “Bricks and Mortar” Bookstores
In a recent article on The Bookseller, the CEO of a small chain of independent U.K.’s bookstores, Foyles, called for an increasing discount from publishers and book distributors. Otherwise, says Sam Husain, they won’t be able to compete. He claims that in the last five years 1,000 independent bookstores have closed.
I don’t know if that number is accurate, but I do know many independent bookstores have closed. Even larger chain bookstores have closed or are planning to close many of their individual stores, or have gone completely out of business. The concept of the quiet bookstore where people will go to spend an hour or two, look around, and buy books at full retail price, or even at a discount, is dying.
I am a huge fan of independent bookstores. I want them to do more than just survive, I want them to thrive and grow. When I give workshops I will often encourage people to buy from and support their local independent stores.
But if bookstores think they can survive just as bookstores, they are like dinosaurs looking at a comet smashing into the earth and thinking, “Great light show! I wonder if my descendants will get a show as excellent?” The result of the comet, however, seems to have been their mass destruction.
In my opinion bookstores will have to evolve into independent community centers where people can converge for meetings, classes, workshops, and just to be with friends. They should offer movie nights using large TVs, discussion groups, and perhaps offer a wide selection of coffee and teas. Right now, it’s easier for people to go online and buy books from home. If you give people enough reason to make your store a second home, they’ll get their books and other products from you.
So bookstore owners, if you want to survive and thrive, I would urge you to start thinking about how you can become a community center. And if you’re a consumer at bookstores, tell the owners what you’d like to see added.
In my opinion we need community meeting places
and we need bricks-and-mortar independent bookstores.
Together, they can be the best of both worlds.
The Fate of the Writer
As a writer, it’s almost inevitable that some people will quote me. As long as they quote accurately (and not so much that they’re simply plagiarizing my writing), I don’t mind. In fact, if they source their quotes to me, my books, or my blog, I thank them for it!
However, some people draw conclusions that are not, shall we say, precise. For example, if you read something and agree with what I wrote, it means that you concur or agree with me. It does not mean that I agree with you. I might. I might not. I would have to see everything that you believe and have written before I give my endorsement. Saying that I agree with you just from what I’ve written would require you to read my mind and determine my thoughts. You have no evidence that I in any way agree with you, concur with you, or endorse you. The only accurate thing you can say is that you agree with me.
So if you read somewhere that I agree or concur with someone, unless you see that I haveÂ explicitly written that I agree with this person or that group, the claim is not accurate. If they say they agree with me on a point, because they know their own thinking, they would be correct.
If you have any question as to whether I agree with or concur with an individual or group, I invite you to email me in the comments section below (I see them before they’re published) or through my email address: DonK@llewellyn.com. I will gladly let you know if someone’s claim that I agree with them is true. Otherwise, let me make very clear:
Unless you see,
in writing that is published under my name,
that IÂ agreeÂ with, supportÂ or concur with an individual or group,
I neither support nor do not support them.