Make-over Opportunities at Left Bank Books

Even though we’ve worked on several “bookstore makeover” projects by simply looking at photos and talking with staff, it’s amazing just how much more can be gleaned from an on-site visit. So one day last week, we visited Left Bank … Continue reading

Bookstore Make-Over Winner Announced

Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri is the recipient of the Bookstore Make-Over Project sponsored by The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates to celebrate their twentieth anniversary serving independent bookstores. Seventeen bookstores from across the U.S. entered … Continue reading

An Uncommon Definition of Success

Each year, Publishers Weekly presents two major book industry awards at BookExpo America: Bookstore of the Year and Rep of the Year. Recipients of those awards exemplify success by having been recognized for their work. Success is usually equated with … Continue reading

One Big Tent

Communities want independent bookstores not just as a place to buy books, but as a gathering place for human interaction, inspiration for lifetime learning, and a place to go to get away from the craziness of life. Workshop graduates are planning to open indie bookstores from Florida to California and points in between. Borders has left a gap in many communities and entire markets are ready for their own community-centered bookstore.
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Ann Patchett’s Pulpit

Her talents reach far and wide, yet Ann Patchett has chosen to use her talents, media attention, and energy to speak up for the value of indie bookstores. As a special guest on Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report on Comedy Central, … Continue reading

Sales & Spirits Up

During the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute in New Orleans last month, there were high spirits — even before the first cocktail party. From the moment booksellers began arriving in the city that embodies strength and resilience, everyone began comparing … Continue reading

What do you say after you say ‘hello’?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “A customer walks into a bookstore … and leaves empty-handed.”

When you consider that exceptional customer service is one of the few competitive advantages that an indie bookstore can rightfully claim, it’s mind-boggling … Continue reading