1. Talking about the selling part of bookselling is never easy. There's often a sense that it's gauche to talk about the financial part of the business, that the money is secondary and if we care about making a profit, we should just go and work for Amazon.


    As long as bookstores are for-profit businesses (and, to some extent, this is true of stores that have gone nonprofit too), as long as they exist in a capitalist economy, the financial side of the business is always going to be critical, and we're not helping ourselves if we pretend it's sordid.
  2. Of course, the anti-sales culture isn't just a bookseller thing. Pretty sure Daniel Pink cast his net a little wider than that when he built this word cloud.
  3. I'm going to have to seek out the details on these bullet points.
  4. This is the trouble with homophones. Or what makes them magic. Your call.
  5. Lots of tweets echoed Lacey's statement here, so they provided me with an excuse to dig up one of my old BTW pieces, on Bookshop Santa Cruz's local expert program.
  6. Which is why people watching from the outside need to step back and remember that this is, at heart, an educational event for booksellers. Something these guys seemed to overlook:
  7. This is not Tools of Change. It's not Digital Book World. Or any of the zillion and a half other publishing conferences. In fact, it's not a publishing conference at all.
  8. Moving on: The Kobo presentation, like the one at TOC, focused on the results that were simultaneously surprising and not:
  9. Of course, one session, particularly a high-level one, can't address everything that we need to discuss on the topic. Which is why it was awesome that Ami organized some unconference follow-up sessions.
  10. I'm tempted to bookmark this as a reminder of why the in-person aspect of events like this is so crucial. (That said, this is the drawback):
  11. Back to Kobo: