With ABA president Oren Teicher stating that that bookstores are showrooms (begging the question of for whom?), one bookstore owner has a whole new take on that: a bookstore that is a front for a bar. Yes, with a gentle touch, a bookcase pulls out and a bar is revealed within, just like a true 1920′s-era Speakeasy. There’s [...]
Here’s an economic conundrum for you: as you’re probably aware, Amazon has a base-model Kindle for $79. But according to this article, it costs them $84 to make. And that’s before packaging and shipping! So how does this make sense? Amazon often seems to exist in an economic reasoning-free zone, especially when you consider their pricing [...]
In the year before he died, George Harrison signed a few guitars. One of them was sent to Borders’ Headquarters in thanks for their support of his last musical release. As you’re probably aware, Borders went bankrupt and the whole of the chain – fixtures, books, carpets, furniture and items collected over the years – [...]
How do you get to understand who your reader/buyer is? What do you know about their habits? Who do they trust to help them make a buying decision? How do you reach them?
How is it possible a man who has personally opened 12,000 libraries is almost unknown in this country?
This posts comes from an exchange I had on the SPAN Self-Publishing Discussion List with a new self-publisher who was becoming confused about the difference between Distributors and Wholesalers. But then I saw an opportunity to point out the flaws in the system.
I used to organize my books carefully, by genre and then by author. How do you organize your books?
Many have noticed I’ve been lagging on these posts. Sorry about that. I’ve been busy helping great clients! To make up for that a bit, I will start posting newsy bits that I find on my drink-coffee-and-get-my-head-together pre-work web sessions.
No wholesaler will take a new children’s book without CPSIA certification right now. And that makes sense, since a book being sold now is likely to be sold after December, when it would suddenly need to be CPSIA compliant. The law went into effect August 2009, but no one seems to have gotten serious about it until recently.
Listen in as I talk with Drew Nederpelt of Book Biz Radio about how self-publishers can use POD direct distribution to sell their books.