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“I think that with publishing at the big houses becoming so blockbuster-oriented, it leaves little room for midlist titles which is what most LGBT books are. Relatively few will sell over twenty thousand copies. However, that leaves the field open for small presses, gay and otherwise, to bring out more LGBT literature. The readers are definitely there.” Huffington Post

“‘Yesterday we had our best sales day in the history of 86 years at the store. So thankful for all of you,’ the bookstore tweeted early Christmas Eve.” New York Daily News

“I feel like we’re having a resurgence as the pendulum is swinging back towards all things local, and this means bookstores with real people who are passionate about books and can help customers find the best possible book.” Publishers Weekly

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2 Comments

  1. Tanya
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 07:56:37

    I worked at BN for a period of almost 2 years during the height of the recent recession. It was one of the most unpleasant and stressful experiences of my life, but that’s me, that’s my store – every store is different. I went to the BN Breakroom constantly (after learning about it on someone’s Facebook page). I would say that it has degenerated in the past year to a lot of yelling, snark and “your mama” type responses, but that’s because the old guard of booksellers has been forced out and it’s really just a temp place of employment now. The sad, sad thing is you would find out about things on the LJ page before you ever found out in store. New Nook to sell that day? Don’t count on your managers to let you know! Even for an Internet info hound like myself, you would go in some days and have no clue that you would be inundated with requests to buy a new product that you knew nothing about. It’s so much fun to feel like an idiot in front of customers. And when you work at BN and don’t have books in stock, can’t offer shipping like Amazon, and have an electronic product that is buggy but no way to fix it except calling an outsourced 1-800 number, you feel like an idiot a lot.

    The one positive I can say about the company is that there were some great employees (who sadly, were treated like crap and forced out!). I met some wonderful young women who were in college or on their way to the next stop in their lives, and each one of them touched me in some way with their intelligence and passion. They also had great taste in YA! But yeah, I still go to that LJ page, and shake my head that a company who has had a few years to assess and stop the bleeding just can’t seem to get it together.

  2. Angie
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 10:48:34

    Independent bookstores have been coming back for several years now. Ever since the economy crashed in ’08, and a lot of businesses period closed, the ABA has reported an increase in the number of bookstores. Every year since then, including 2013. With all the people crying that the sky is falling on brick-and-mortar bookstores, there’ve been more independent bookstores every year for the last five years. And considering that there are bookstores closing, that means there are that many more opening, to make up the numbers. Good news all around, I think, but for some reason nobody wants to report on it.

    Angie

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