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Book Collecting 101: A Potpourri of Column Ideas for Sale to the Right Buyer

Book Collecting 101: A Potpourri of Column Ideas for Sale to the Right Buyer

When I first opened Chapters Revisited, a used bookstore in Doylestown, Pa., in 1995, I was completely unaware of the nuances of selling books, particularly books that may be considered valuable because they were out of print. I also was unaware of how much money I would risk by running a “proper” bookshop of mostly […]

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Five Questions with Gayle Shanks of Changing Hands Bookstore

We love ourselves a good independent bookseller. And when it comes to booksellers that will stop at nothing to get you the most interesting, outside-the-box, see-the-world-a-different way books out there, Gayle Shanks is hard to beat. Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona has been going strong since 1974 and isn’t showing any signs of stopping. […]

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Co-owners Carla Cohen (seated) and Barbara Meade (July 24, 1989), photo by Darrel Ellis, courtesy of Politics & Prose

Politics & Prose: A Favorite Neighbor

We know it seems obvious. We’re an indie press. We interview indie bookstores. D.C. is our backyard. So why haven’t we interviewed any of those indie-rific folks over at Politics & Prose? Well, we have. Mark LaFramboise, P&P’s book buyer with a very fancy last name, was gracious enough to take a break from finding […]

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Inside City Lights: An Interview (Part 1)

In our search for independent bookstores that have shaped literary culture as we know it, perhaps none is so influential as that Californian beacon of progressive thinking, City Lights. Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin in 1953, the San Francisco store and small press has become a cultural landmark, making its mark far […]

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New Hope at Farley’s Bookshop

One of the most (justifiably) celebrated qualities of the independent bookshop is its unflagging devotion to enriching and supporting the literary culture in their community. Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, PA has gone above and beyond their community by fiercely supporting the excellent work produced by small, independent presses, introducing their titles to customers who […]

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Saturn Booksellers is Out of This World

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread some goodwill than celebrating the independent bookstores that have it all year long? This month’s Independent Bookseller That Rocks Our World is Jill Miner from Saturn Booksellers in the resort town of Gaylord, Michigan. Jill graciously took some time during this busiest of […]

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Coming Home to La Casa Azul

Aurora Anaya-Cerda is a shining example of the drive and dedication to community that defines the indie booksellers we so admire and strive to celebrate. Determined to provide East Harlem with a literary focal point of its own, Anaya-Cerda launched a ’40K in 40 Days’ campaign  with the goal of raising the funds necessary to […]

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Going Novel Places with Patrick Darby

In our never-ending quest for intelligent and inspired individuals to interview, independent booksellers always come through. And Patrick Darby, owner of Novel Places in Clarksburg, Maryland, is no exception. After traveling the long and winding road to bricks-and-mortar presence, Novel Places opened its doors last May in Clarksburg’s rustic Historic District. Five months later, the […]

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