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Should Bookstores Charge for Author Events?

Many independent bookstores across the country are considering charging for in-store author events. According to The New York Times, bookstore owners feel that too many people use their businesses as a place to research new titles and later buy the books online.

Here’s more from the article: “Roxanne Coady, the owner of R. J. Julia in Madison, Conn., was one of the first prominent booksellers to begin charging for events about five years ago, a move that she considered ‘desperate’ at the time. A ticket to get in, she said, generally can be paid toward the price of a book … About 10 percent of her revenue now comes from events, which are held about 200 times a year.”

Do you think bookstores should charge for author events? In May, Boulder Book Store implemented an admissions policy for store events. New York City’s McNally Jackson Books will charge for some events once they finish building a lower level events space.

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Two San Francisco Bookstores to Close

Two San Francisco independent bookstores will close in coming weeks. Modern Times, a shop on Valencia Street, sold both traditional fiction and progressive titles. A Different Light, located in the Castro District, specialized in books for the LGBT community.

The Bay Citizen reports: “But in recent years the store [A Different Light] has struggled financially. Some publishers have complained about the bookstore not paying its bills on time. The store’s owner, Bill Barker, could not be reached for comment. The person who answered Barker’s phone would not identify himself and said the owner was ‘in the desert’ and unreachable.”

For Modern Times, their landlord decided to not renew their lease. However, the store could reopen. According to an e-mail sent to The Bay Citizen, Washington D.C.-based Busboys & Poets has proposed that the store set up shop on the East Coast.

Pop-Up Bookstore To Open in Shuttered Borders

On  April 30th, Fleeting Pages will open a pop-up bookstore inside a shuttered Borders bookstore in Pittsburgh.

The space will be stocked with independent and self-published writings: books, journals, zines, graphic novels, comics, magazines, e-Books, and book art. Follow this link to submit your work. The store will be open for at least one month.

Bagging the Beats at Midnight: Confessions of an Indie Bookstore Clerk author Karen Lillis explained: “They will sell books by indie presses and self-publishers; hold book-making workshops, readings, and other events; and are open to other suggestions by writers and artists in the indie community.” (Photo Credit: ZeroOne)

Three Lives & Company Bookshop Boasts A+ ‘Literary Inspection Grade’

As new regulations forced New York City restaurants to display their health inspection grades, the Three Lives & Company bookshop decided to show off an A+ “Literary Inspection Grade.”

The Vanishing New York blog posted a photo of the sign, a reproduction of the food inspection grades hand-drawn by author and illustrator Elisha Cooper.

By Nightfall author Michael Cunningham once called Three Lives & Company “one of the greatest bookstores on the face of the Earth.” How would you rate your local bookstore?