- 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.
- 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.
- I'm going to have to seek out the details on these bullet points.
- This is the trouble with homophones. Or what makes them magic. Your call.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- Moving on: The Kobo presentation, like the one at TOC, focused on the results that were simultaneously surprising and not:
- 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.
- 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):
- Back to Kobo:
As seen onsarahrettger.blogspot.com