Why Indie Bookstores Represent Everything You Want to Fight for from Free Speech to Buying Local to Building Communities
Author: Andrew Laties
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Category: Business & Economics
The revival of independent bookselling has already begun and is one of the amazing stories of our times. Bookseller Andy Laties wrote the first edition of Rebel Bookseller six years ago, hoping it would spark a movement. Now, with this second edition, Laties’s book can be a rallying cry for everyone who wants to better understand how the rise of the big bookstore chains led irrevocably to their decline, and how even in the face of electronic readers from three of America’s largest and most successful companies—Apple, Amazon, and Google—the movement to support locally owned independent stores, especially bookstores, is on the rise. From the mid-1980s to the present, Andy Laties has been an independent bookseller, starting out in Chicago, teaching along the way at the American Booksellers Association, and finally running the bookshop at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. His innovations were adapted by Barnes & Noble, Zany Brainy, and scores of independent stores. In Rebel Bookseller, Laties tells how he got started, how he kept going, and why he believes independent bookselling has a great future. He alternates his narrative with short anecdotes, interludes between the chapters that give his credo as a bookseller. Along the way, he explains the growth of the chains, and throws in a treasure trove of tips for anyone who is considering opening up a bookstore. Rebel Bookseller is a must read for those in the book biz, a testament to the ingeniousness of one man man’s story of making a life out of his passionate commitment to books and bookselling.
Two wounded souls must learn to heal one another after being touched by the same tragedy. Jack MacDonald's life spirals out of control when his wife and daughter are killed in a fatal car crash. Drunken and despondent he loses his cushy job at a major publishing house and is forced to earn a living selling children's books door-to-door. After a DUI takes away his driver's license Jack must find someone to drive him to his nightly appointments. He hires Amanda, an angry young girl who seems to have lost her way in life. When she makes a startling confession, she and Jack are drawn into a relationship neither of them expects nor wants. Their experience takes them on on a journey of mutual self-discovery and spiritual growth; the outcome of which neither can be certain.