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Blog Posts & Related Material on Bookselling

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Rethinking the Box:

An occasional column on bookstores & bookselling

24 Feb 09 : A brief overview & history of the Big Box Bookstore
9 Apr 09 : Books vs Comic Books
10 Apr 09 : Numbers: Profits & Margins

1 Jun 09 : the now-infamous Seven Types of Bookstore Customer – which prompted many comments, and also my own direct responses Application & Practice (What Customers Want) (3 Jun 09), Reconsidering: The One Hundred Thousand (14 Jun 09), and The Eight Types of Bookseller (28 Jun 09)

21 Jun 09 : Motives
13 Jul 09 : 7th Grade Algebra: Floorplans & Rent
27 Jul 09 : Personal Bookstore Dreams, with a side of Coffee
6 Aug 09 : Are We Talking about the Same Thing? (Scale and Sales)
15 Aug 09 : Retail & Real Estate I: Before You Sign That Lease
23 Sep 09 : Retail & Real Estate II: Location Location Location
4 Oct 09 : Retail & Real Estate III: 88 Lines about 44 Retail Considerations
8 Oct 09 : Retail & Real Estate IV: Quick Update with some Real-World Numbers
22 Nov 09 : My 17th “column” was really just a pointer and link to Clay Shirky’s article, Local Bookstores, Social Hubs, and Mutualization
22 Jan 10 : Taking Stock (inventory)
6 Feb 10 : The Multiple Paradoxes of Coffee Table Books (& alternate display strategies)
18 Feb 10 : Good Problems to Have (why even annoying customers are important)
27 Mar 10 : Tables & Chairs
13 Apr 10 : The 4% Solution (wages & staffing)
25 Apr 10 : Sales, versus Service [* recommended essay]
9 May 10 : Linking to other people’s stuff
9 Jun 10 : Love Doesn’t Have an Algorithm Yet: Selling Books in the Post-Book Era
25 Aug 10 : What Is a Big Box Bookstore Worth?
2 Nov 10 : Unique Experiences
1 Jul 12 : Why the Big Box Bookstore?
2 Jul 12 : Beyond the Big Box
14 Aug 12 : Stop Adopting Orphans
25 Aug 12 : A new business model, growing beyond the Big Box Bookstore

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Bookstore Case Studies:

5 Jun 09 : Beating the Big Box: Five Case Studies
4 Nov 10 : Books & Brews
4 Nov 10 : Living Memory: New & Used
4 Nov 10 : The Reference Desk: A Learning Annex
8 Nov 10 : The Last Picture Show: Bookstore & Cinema
31 Jan 11 : Fleet Street: A News Agent & Public House
26 Jun 11 : The Cruise Ship (My Craziest Bookstore Idea Yet)

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Personal Reflections

6 Aug 10 : Bringing the Sexy Back
21 Jan 11 : Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad
18 Feb 11 : Books Are Not Retail
17 Jun 11 : New Realities of Bookselling I [* recommended essay]
19 Jun 11 : New Realities of Bookselling II
20 Jun 11 : New Realities of Bookselling III

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See Also:

29 Dec 2011 : An Elegy Sung by a Mourner Riding the Bookstore Viking Ship, Already Set Ablaze

13 May 2011 : Amazonification

25 May 2011 : Bookstores and Bookselling in Graphs, 1992 to 2010, with some other stuff

17 Nov 09 : Form, Content, Copies, Rights, & Plato
4 Apr 10 : The iPad is merely incidental to the rest of the ongoing discussion
22 May 10 : I’ve More Optimism than the Situation Deserves
5 Jun 10 : Publishing Buggywhips
7 Jun 10 : E-books, retail, publishing: One More Time
16 Jun 10 : Say, Funny thing I just noticed [on ebooks and formats]
21 Jun 10 : E-Books & Readers: price war, betamax, snake oil, razor blades, and apple pie
5 Aug 10 : Words Exchanged for Dollars
20 Aug 10 : Analysis: Amazon & Retail
21 Sep 10 : Formats: A Historical Perspective
27 Apr 11 : Taking the piss out of e-book propaganda
10 May 11 : Books Are Not Music
26 Sep 10 : The Age of Industrial Bookselling: 1931-2011
20 Oct 11 : A Statement on Digital Bookstores in 5 Tweets
5 Jan 12 : A life filled with Books
9 Apr 12 : Amazon is a soul-sucking leech on the book business
30 Aug 12 : Ebook sales projection, 2012 edition


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