Sunday, May 05, 2019

Indie bookstores become much more conscious of indulging consumers with other items

Here are a couple more stories about how indie bookstores make comebacks.

The Wall Street Journal, in a story by Susan Kitchens on Apr. 28, discusses A Capella Books in Atlanta – how a retailer borrowed from a closed-knot social structure but in time turned to special author events.

The article discusses “book curation”, the idea that a local store could indulge consumers with very specific and narrow genres.

Alexander Alter, in a New York Times article on May 2, talks about a Canadian chain, Indigo, that packages books with consumer items like “reading socks”.  The idea seems to be catching on with Barnes and Noble, but I had noticed this – certain games and toys (and previously music cd’s) were often sold.
This reminds me of a bizarre phone call I got, out of the blue, in 2012 quizzing me if I would want to go on a tour in Canada.  Why would this make sense when my main 1997 book had been about an American policy regarding gays in the military? 

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