Bookstore of the Future (Roundtable: 02/11/10)

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Topic: Bookstore of the Future

This episode of The Roundtable was webcast live at 1pm EST on February 11, 2010.

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Laura Dawson, Publishing Industry Consultant
Bridget Warren, Former Co-Owner, Vertigo Books

Special Guests:

Moriah Jovan, Author & publisher, B10 Mediaworx
Jenn Northington, Manager, Breathe Books

Moderated by
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Dir. of Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World

Show notes to come…


“Winter Institute: Booksellers Look at New Realities”, Publisher’s Weekly
–> Even before e-books began nibbling at bookstore sales, it had become clear that bookselling is no longer just about selling new trade titles.

“Wi5: Better Than Ever,” Shelf Awareness
–> ABA CEO Oren Teicher spoke for many of them when he said, “Despite what the cynics and naysayers might say, independent bookselling is alive and well in the United States of America.”

“Why are you for killing bookstores?“, Mike Shatzkin
–> If you are for bookstores lasting as long as possible, you want to slow down the uptake of ebooks.

“Can Bookstores and E-books Coexist?,” Nathan Bransford
–> There are definitely independent stores who have embraced the Internet (Powell’s comes to mind), and if publishers are able to control uniform pricing via the agency model, bookstores may be back to competing on consumer experience rather than pricing.

“What I Heard in San Jose. Did Any Publishers Hear the Same?,” Robert Sindelar
–> It says that publishers need to make sure that in their overall strategic planning, that their support to physical bookstores remains a very high item on their checklist.

“The perfect bookstore v.2,” Moriah Jovan
–> The store will have at least one copy of whatever the buyer knows his customers like. He won’t have to order more because he’ll “Espresso it.” That way, customers can browse actual books.

6 thoughts on “Bookstore of the Future (Roundtable: 02/11/10)

  1. Susan Finch

    The bookstore of the future will need to get a bit more creative. There needs to be more incentive to drag people away from their e-book reading, computers and scheduled activities. As a self-published author, I’m getting creative finding my niche market and partnering with unlikely “hosts” for my events. Sometimes they include independent book sellers. I enjoy the willingness most seem to have regarding considering a different, non-traditional direction.

    Creating a space for events is critical. How do these booksellers entice loyal groups of people to attend, and then keep talking about their events weeks after? Buzz needs to be created. When an event happens, if the partners involved have their own audiences and lists, everyone wins and suddenly the bookseller is the resource for the books, known for quality events, a bigger part of the community – a true anchor.

    I agree with Moriah’s layout, with the addition of event space for artist and children’s events, cooking classes for guest authors and book club meetings. These are tangible celebrities rather than nearly always distanced by stage or screen.

    I see this as a potentially VERY exciting time of change.

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