3/15/2016 5 Comments
Why Not Books? Bookstore
I met my husband at the door Friday afternoon, consumed with excitement about my discovery of a new bookstore, and in our neighborhood, no less! He patiently asked me to explain my enthusiasm. His engineer mind needed structure to understand why finding a new bookstore was such a fantastic event. First, I needed to define terms.
Brick and Mortar: an actual, physical bookstore, as opposed to ordering reading materials on-line.
Shelf Space: rare as a snowball in Florida is the chance that a budding author published by a small press will a) find their way onto a major chain bookstores’ shelves, or b) remain there long enough for your friends to make a trip to the store to buy your book.
Book Signing Event: a gig that is shockingly difficult to obtain, except at Mom and Pop bookstores, and is non-existent in the virtual world of on-line book shopping.
Used Bookstore: an enterprise seeking to liberate your overloaded shelves of their burden. As used bookstores are to avid readers, so are no-kill shelters to crazy cat ladies court-ordered to divest themselves of excess felines. Readers prefer the books they have read and loved go to a good home, not a dumpster!
My husband began to understand that a brick and mortar bookstore provided a unique outlet for local authors, but just to be sure, I enumerated additional advantages:
Why Not Books? graciously placed books one and two in my Rock Shop Mystery series, Stone Cold Dead and Stone Cold Case, on their local author shelf. These are new books by Colorado authors.
Why Not Books? is conveniently located near the Pikes Perk coffee shop on North Academy. Imagine - buying a local author's novel, or perhaps a good used book, and then reading while enjoying a hot beverage at a coffee shop!
3/15/2016 10:14:51 am
Donnell, I don't think the two are related. This shop is in the complex housing the Pikes Perk coffee shop. It is kind of hidden behind a Sonic drive thru restaurant.
3/15/2016 08:01:21 am
We're about to get a new bookstore in my town, and we're very excited--for the reasons you cite. I've been going to a local bookstore since it opened over thirty years ago, but I think we can support two. We have two colleges in town, and probably hundreds of writers just waiting for a chance to see their books on the shelves.
3/15/2016 10:18:11 am
Hi Susan - congrats on getting a new bookstore in town! I am happy book loving entrepreneurs are bravely opening businesses while big chain stores are folding.
3/15/2016 12:00:31 pm
I'm so happy to learn about this bookstore, Cathy! Thanks to a writer friend, I just discovered Pikes Perk. To now have a lovely used bookstore next to a sun-drenched, spacious cafe is a writer's dream. Thanks for sharing.
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