How should I proceed to learn more about the bookstore business and become familiar with the book industry?

There are a number of resources available to help you. Join the American Booksellers Association and read their e-newsletterBookselling This Week. Subscribe to Shelf-Awareness (www.shelf-awareness.com), a free daily e-newsletter, to learn more about the industry. You’ll find a number of publications and workshops that we offer that are geared specifically to those like you who want to own a bookstore. We are partners with the American Booksellers Association and dedicate our work to new owners. To get a sense of what owning a bookstore is really like, contact your regional association of independent booksellers and some current owners. While owners are tremendously busy, most will be willing to give you fifteen minutes or so to tell you what owning a bookstore is like.