Amazon, a company that made its name undercutting brick-and-mortar retailers using cheap labor and UPS, is opening the doors to its first real book store in Seattle at 9.30AM tomorrow morning.
We could be losing another great science fiction bookstore soon. Citing an increase in the local minimum wage and pressures from Amazon.com, Borderlands Books announced a plan to close by the end of March. This would be a huge blow not just to San Francisco, but to science fiction authors who made this store a regular…
Churches tend to ebb and flow with generations: Chapels close after neighborhoods are redeveloped, cathedrals are abandoned after religious upheaval. So, what then? In more than a few cases, they've been turned into bookstores and libraries.
When Josh Spencer decided to open a bookstore called the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, he pictured it as a post-apocalyptic thing — the Last Bookstore on Earth. But now that he's moved to a much larger space, an old bank headquarters in an Art Nouveau building, quirky weirdness has taken over.
Most of us increasingly read digitally—and the book store industry is in decline as a result. But can you imagine a future where book stores had died out completely?
We may debate whether they read or write in the Star Wars universe — but one thing's for sure: the Star Wars tie-in books and novelizations have inspired countless people to start reading. There are so many Star Wars books and graphic novels now, it's like a whole literary genre up to itself.
Just when the snarkbot in me wanted to giggle at Borders like a great big jerk, they go and send this genuinely heartfelt farewell message. In summary: they got their butts kicked, and they're sorry. So am I.
There are now two Mysterious Galaxies in Southern California. The beloved San Diego bookstore Mysterious Galaxy is opening a second location in Redondo Beach. And it'll be twice the square-footage of the original store, occupying about 4,000 square feet of a 6,000 square foot building. [Bookweb]
Our own Braak writes a thoughtful post over at Threat Quality, on the real reasons magazines struggle, including some good questions. Why don't the science fiction magazines get shelved near science fiction books? And why does Fire Apparatus Journal exist?
Over a week ago, we asked you to describe your favorite bookstore or comic book shop to win a giant box of free books from DelRey/Spectra. Now we've got our winner - and several runners-up.
In case there was any doubt that the young readership is where the growth is these days, the struggling Borders announced it'll capitalize on its burgeoning teen audience, with a special department featuring young-adult novels and graphic novels.
Tor.com may be the website of one of science fiction's biggest publishers, but their blog has tried to promote good books regardless of the publisher. And now they're extending this "agnostic" approach to their new online store, with fascinating results.