I’m thrilled at the prospect of being surrounded by books, and envision having more time to read. Is this realistic?

Some new owners tell us that they find more they want to read, but less time to read – and no time to do anything more than skim catalogs and advance copies of new books during the work day. If you're thinking of a career as a bookstore owner, be mindful that you are choosing to own and operate a retail business. In addition for a respect for books and ideas, you'll need to bring business skills and retail knowledge to your new venture. Take time to train for your new career.