Doesn't it seem likely that if indie bookstores are worried about their survival, meaning they're not making enough money, that they would be even less inclined than usual to throw away dollars on brain-dead marketing junk like this? I mean, that's money that could keep their doors open, right?
These people are like Ron Paul supporters, except possibly even less influential.
Their business model is obsolete. They need to adapt or move on. I cannot think of one thing they offer aside from inconvenience and greater cost.
The ABA's long slow death march towards irrelevance continues...
Caveat: despite the lengthy post below, Indiebound's whole angle makes me kinda uneasy.
That being said: independent bookstores are, quite simply, better bookstores. They may have smaller selections (except for Powell's in Portland) and they may have higher prices (except for all those secondhand bookstores around here -- what, do you only buy Oprah books and bestsellers?) but they do something more than just shill for the large publishing houses. For instance, the books placed out on tables at a Barnes and Noble are there because the publishers have paid for them to be prominently displayed. It is part of the marketing strategy, and has nothing to do with where you are geographically. One Borders is exactly like another. Whereas if something is featured in an independent store, the chances are astronomically high that the book is out because someone at that very store has read it and liked it. Or they are a fan of the author. Or, often, they personally know the author.
At some point someone really must stand up and mention that books are quite a different category of object than, say, floor lamps and folding chairs. I'm not sure conventional business models are really good for the book business in the broader sense, even if they benefit the large publishers and chain stores in the immediate moment.
Maybe the digital book revolution (pending) will save books, rather than destroying them like everyone seems to think.
Thank you to anyone who has made it this far into the post, and forgive me my self-indulgence.
yeah we have waddle and swaddle in poughkeepsie, across the street from vassar college, but our independent bookstore, the three arts, is going to be put out of business when they open the barnes and noble next door next year. oops.
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