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Los Libros Silvestres (@loslibrosilvestres) • Fotos y vídeos de Instagram
"Librería en línea con material anarquista, feminista, antidesarrollista y crítica cultural."

[See also:
https://twitter.com/LibroSilvestres
https://www.facebook.com/LosLibroSilvestres/

"Librería en línea con material anarquista, feminista, antidesarrollista y crítica cultural."]
books  booksellers  communism  anarchism  anarchy  mexico  mexicodf  feminism 
april 2018 by robertogreco
Bikes to Books Map | Burrito Justice
"San Francisco is famous for many things, one of which is its vast literary legacy, a legacy that stretches back to its earliest days. On January 25, 1988, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a proposal by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books to rename 12 small San Francisco streets after famous authors and artists who had lived and worked in the City.

Jack London
Mark Twain
Ambrose Bierce
Dashiell Hammett

On Sunday, October 2, 1988, a ceremony and unveiling of new street signs was held at City Lights Bookstore (which was also celebrating its 35th anniversary). Mayor Art Agnos declared October 2nd to be “City Lights Bookstore Day in San Francisco,” and an enormous crowd showed up at City Lights. After a number of speeches by literary notables, the first signs were unveiled at Kerouac Street (between City Lights and Vesuvio’s Bar) and William Saroyan Place (between Spec’s Bar and the Tosca Café), where the celebration continued into the night.

Isadora Duncan
Frank Norris Jr.
Richard Henry Dana Jr.
Benny Bufano

Twenty-five years later, Nicole Gluckstern, a local author/city cyclist and Burrito Justice, an amateur historian/cartographer, joined forces to devise a bike tour and interactive map connecting all 12 streets and authors/artists, from Jack London to Jack Kerouac, South Park to North Beach. The 7.1 mile tour, which takes between two and three hours to complete, is admittedly not for the faint of heart nor gear—these streets were not chosen for their proximity to bike lanes, and there is plenty of traffic to dodge, hills to climb, one-way streets, and even a set of stairs. But it’s a diverting and unique way to celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco.

Bob Kaufman
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Kenneth Rexroth
William Saroyan
Jack Kerouac

A 18″x24″ foldable map of the bike route is available for sale at City Lights Bookstore and select San Francisco book shops:

Folio Books (24th @ Noe)
Adobe Books (24th @ Folsom)
Alleycat (24th @ Harrison)
Dog Eared Books (Valencia @ 20th)
Needles and Pens (16th @ Guerrero)
Borderlands (Valencia @ 20th)
Green Arcade (Market @ Gough)
Green Apple (Inner Richmond, 6th Ave @ Clement)
Other Avenues (Outer Sunset, Judah @ 44th Ave)
City Lights (North Beach, Columbus @ Broadway)

In addition to the 13 authors and artists, the maps contains a detailed description of the bike route, as well as over two dozen era-specific points of interests.

SF author bike tour City Lights preview

Zoom and enhance:

On the back of the map is a selected, San Francisco-centric bibliography of the 13 authors and artists.

The Bikes to Books map is also available as a slippy, zoomable online version, with lots of pop-ups and links.

Profound and utter thanks go to Noah Veltman for the online map."
classideas  sanfrancisco  history  literature  maps  mapping  burritojustice  jacklondon  marktwain  ambrosebierce  dashiellhammett  isadoraduncan  franknorrisjr  richardhenrydanajr  bennybufano  bobkaufman  lawrenceferlinghetti  kennethrexroth  williamsaroyan  jackkerouac  noahveltman  johnoram  books  bookstores  booksellers 
may 2017 by robertogreco
Revolution Books
"Revolution Books is the bookstore about the world and for a radically new world. RB is a site of critical thinking like nowhere else: where people find the books and engagement with why the world is the horror it is today, and where people can discover the revolutionary way out of this madness, engaging with the path-breaking work of the revolutionary leader Bob Avakian and the movement for revolution. RB is needed more than ever."



"People come to Revolution Books from all over the world to find the books and the deep engagement with each other about why the world is the way it is and the possibility of a radically different way the world could be.

The world today, with all its horrors, holds the potential for something far better. To unlock that – at the foundation of RB – is the most advanced scientific theory and leadership for an actual revolution for the emancipation of humanity: the new synthesis of communism brought forward by the revolutionary leader, Bob Avakian.

RB is a bookstore with literature, history, science, art, philosophy, and revolutionary theory....a place of discovery and engagement. Scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary. A bookstore at the center of a movement for revolution.

Humanity Needs Revolution.
Revolution Needs Revolution Books.
Revolution Books Needs You."
bookstores  books  berkeley  sanfrancisco  booksellers  bobavakian 
december 2016 by robertogreco
7 Writers on Their Favorite Bookstores - The New York Times
"Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Jazzhole, Lagos, Nigeria

The Jazzhole is easy to miss — tucked next to a pharmacy on Awolowo Road, a busy, traffic-packed road crammed on either side with banks and businesses. Lagos is nearly always hot and sticky, and it makes me happy to walk into its cool and darkish interior and to be filled instantly with the expectation of discovery. Tables with books spread out like invitations. A range of fiction, from Lisa Gardner to Tash Aw. Biographies, histories, poetry. Large, hardcover art books propped on shelves. Framed images on the walls of iconic book covers, musicians, nationalists. A traditional drum hanging from the wall. A music section with CDs of both old and new music from Africa and Europe and America.

[photo]

Jazzhole, a cultural haven combining a bookshop and music store, in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit Chris Stein
The Jazzhole is a bookstore, a music store, a cultural haven. It is a space reverential of stories and history. Its casual, lived-in charm encourages browsing, and I have discovered beloved books there — books about Africa, in particular. It is also the place in Lagos to go to for new British and American book releases. I have attended live music events there, with the bookshelves pushed back to fit in seating. I have had delicious cake and fresh juice from the tiny cafe at the back.

It feels human, it feels like a place warmly welcoming of all kinds of people. If you’re lucky, you might run into the owners, Kunle and Tundun Tejuosho. Kunle, quiet and introverted, a walking archive of African music, and Tundun, warm and exuberantly intelligent. Genuine people and genuine lovers of culture."
books  bookstores  chimamandangoziadichie  2016  booksellers  nigeria  jazzhole 
december 2016 by robertogreco
theMagunga Bookstore - theMagunga Bookstore
"theMagunga is a theatre of stories. We collect stories and put them up so you can dwell in them, revel in their beauty and share that beauty with the world. We publish stories in many forms, we review books and we partner with lit festivals. In the spirit of continuing to share beautifully written words, theMagunga decided to open this online bookstore, to promote the distribution and reading of Kenyan and African books.

It’s about spreading the word (literally) and also about convenience. Order online, from the website, and have the book delivered to you for FREE within the Nairobi CBD and its environs. Since we are passionate about stories as well as improving the reading culture in our society, we strive to provide the best possible deals on the books we stock.

So go check out our bookstore and get your read need satiated. It is, after all, what you know theMagunga does best.

Thank you for shopping with us."

[via: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/bringing-african-books-back-home ]
bookstores  booksellers  magungawilliams  abigailarunga  davidmabiria  odouroduko  nairobi  kenya  africa 
november 2016 by robertogreco
Tokyo Bookstore Only Stocks One Title at a Time
"Morioka Shoten in Ginza features a new solitary book every week, accompanied by related artworks and items

A new bookstore opened earlier this year in Ginza, Tokyo that takes the unique approach of only stocking one title at a time. A different book is featured every week at Morioka Shoten and it is accompanied by related items such as artworks and photographs.

This concept sets the store apart from others, offering a curated approach that combats decision fatigue and makes browsing a lot quicker by recommending a single title for customers to purchase and read.

The bookstore’s owner, Yoshiyuki Morioka, came up with the idea after organizing a series of popular readings and book signings for single publications at his other, traditional bookstore. He was inspired to open a dedicated space where a single book could take center stage. The second branch of Morioka Shoten was created by design and engineering firm Takram, who led the graphic design and copy writing for the Ginza store’s visual identity.

The book of the week is displayed on a table in the small boutique, along with Morioka’s personal work desk and a vintage chest of drawers that is used as the store’s counter. The minimalistic aesthetic of the space matches perfectly with its concept. There are no other items of furniture, and the concrete walls and ceiling are coated with white paint, while the concrete floor has been left bare.

Pieces of art that relate to the currently spotlighted book are displayed around the store for customers to enjoy, for example, ceramic jewellery and objects by Mayumi Kogoma were on show because they were inspired by Kenji Miyazawa’s novel Porano no hiroba."

[See also: http://www.takram.com/morioka-shoten-ginza-branch/

"Morioka Shoten Ginza Branch

takram worked on graphic design and copy writing for visual image of ‘Morioka Shoten Ginza Branch’

On May 5th, ‘Morioka Shoten Ginza Branch’ has opened in Ginza, Tokyo. With the concept of ‘a bookstore with a single book,’ the store is a second branch store for ‘Morioka Shoten.’ takram led the graphic design and copy writing for the new store’s visual identity."
books  bookstores  booksellers  publishing  retail  noticings  2015  yoshiyukimorioka  moriokashoten  curation  tokyo  japan  ginza  decisionmaking  minimalism  audiencesofone 
september 2015 by robertogreco
Black Books- The Story of Britain's First Black Bookshop on Vimeo
"This film delves into the radical history of Britain's first black bookshop which was founded by John La Rose and Sarah White in 1966. As well as creating a much needed space for black communities to access and publish their own literature, it helped support important campaigns such as the Caribbean Artists Movement, the Black Parents Movement as well as playing a pivotal role in the historic Black Peoples Day of Action.

Decades on, 'New Beacon Books' is still a functioning bookshop but in a world of Amazon and Kindles can it really survive forever?"
britain  uk  2014  documentary  booksellers  bookshops  1966  johnlarose  sarahwhite  activism  politics  lcproject  publishing  openstudioproject  optimism  1960s  change  arwaaburawa  bookstores 
may 2015 by robertogreco
Russell Davies: foylibra
"This is a bookmark they give you at Foyles. Modern businesses could learn from the specificity, variety and ambition of this. [image] "

[via: http://migurski.tumblr.com/post/117610727955/this-is-a-bookmark-they-give-you-at-foyles-modern ]
books  booksellers  foylesbooks  business  booklovers  russelldavies 
april 2015 by robertogreco
Issue No. 1 - January 2015 — THE IMPROBABLE
"Welcome to our inaugural issue of The Improbable, a monthly collection of little reviews written by booksellers for booksellers (and readers, too) about unusual and wondrous books that live at the intersection of art and literature.

In this first issue, booksellers from some of the most vibrant and lovingly curated bookstores in the U.S. have delved into books by Claudia Rankine, Ray Johnson, Susan Howe, Amarnath Ravva, Dorothy Iannone and Ed Sanders. As you might deduce from that list, we care deeply about writers and artists who obey no boundaries, pay no fealty to trends and invite readers to see the world anew by reading word and image in provocative, unfamiliar ways. We hope that with this and subsequent issues, our commitment to eclecticism will be embodied in an ever-expanding collection of books in which you might discover other, unexpected shared territory.

Here's how this works. Each month we'll post 5-7 reviews on one day. Scroll down for the whole issue. The reviews are short—they're intended as a thoughtful starting place, an instigation to pick the book up yourself and share it with others. We'll often have a little excerpt from the book, too. Sometimes we've got snapshots of the books in the stores where the reviewers are writing from—it's always a delight to see what's on the shelves next to them.

While we have answered a number of possible questions on the FAQ page, please don't hesitate to write us with any suggestions or ideas. You can also sign up to receive an email when each new issue is posted and/or you can keep in touch (eventually) with Twitter.

Finally, a big thank you to all the reviewers, but particularly to Stephen Sparks and the staff at Green Apple Books in San Francisco whose collective enthusiasm for this project has propelled it forward—and on schedule!

—Lisa Pearson & Anna Gaissert"
reviews  books  art  literature  bookreviews  booksellers 
january 2015 by robertogreco
B&B: Good drinks and good reads in Shimokitazawa | PingMag : Art, Design, Life – from Japan
[Wayback: https://web.archive.org/web/20151028003033/http://pingmag.jp/2013/04/22/bandb/ ]

"Times are changing for publishing. E-books are here to stay and publishers are trying out a range of digital strategies to entice new customers. The music industry was one step ahead and the large retailers like Tower Records and HMV have all felt the pain of declining business, replaced by iTunes and Amazon. Bookstores are likewise looking at an uncertain future.

Well, one answer to how bookstores can continue to bring in readers to shop may lie in a new type of bookseller that has opened in Shimokitazawa, the laid-back Tokyo neighborhood just west of Shibuya.

The formula is visible in the name: B&B. British readers might be forgiven for thinking the shop is actually a cheap form of accommodation (bed and breakfast), but the two b’s are even better than that — “Book & Beer”, two things we at PingMag certainly love. Having coffee and tea for sale in bookstores has been the norm in other parts of the world for years now, but B&B has opted for a more alcoholic version. There is a proper bar with beer on tap, meaning customers can browse while sipping a chilled bevy or read a purchase with a beer in hand.

But this isn’t just about drinking (there are countless bars in Shimokitazawa, after all!). The books are also highly curated, selected per theme and genre by the staff to match the concept of the store. In other words, the entire place is like a magazine.

We sat down with B&B owner Shintaro Uchinuma to chat about the Shimokita’s latest hangout."
bookstores  books  cafes  2013  pingmag  tokyo  japan  openstudioproject  booksellers  shimokitazawa  bookshops  retail  bookfuturism  b&b  publishing  ebooks 
april 2013 by robertogreco
the pop-hop: books & curio
"In early 2012, we will launch Pop-Hop Books & Curio, a creative retail space merging a bookshop and print studio in the Highland Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles. As a bookshop, we will specialize in art editions, literature, children's books, zines, and books as unique art objects. As a studio, we will offer workshops such as screen printing and book binding, as well as a forum for talks, readings, screenings and other creative programs and performances. It will be an environment that is inviting and approachable, dynamic and stimulating, a place that fosters inspiration and action in equal measure."

[See also: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/361643327/pop-hop-books-and-curio ]
glvo  srg  lcproject  galleries  bookstores  booksellers  highlandpark  print  printing  books  losangeles 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Google+: Robin Sloan thread on the Borders bankruptcy
[See also: http://www.slate.com/id/2299642/pagenum/all/ ]

"Public service announcement: I think the Borders bankruptcy isn't essentially about the book business. In fact it's much more closely tied to the real estate business. Borders had a ridiculously expensive portfolio of stores: huge spaces on glitzy corners with long-term leases (and an average of ~8 years still left on the lease, per store) that they couldn't walk away from, even as the fundamentals of their business changed beneath them.

But!—that's not like The Inevitable Fate of Bookstores Everywhere. By all accounts, Borders was just really poorly managed. The company could have struck smarter deals for those spaces, or approached its lease portfolio more cautiously, etc., etc., but didn't. It was reckless and profligate.

This bums me out, b/c I feel like Borders' bankruptcy is now part of that Death of Bookstores narrative—when in fact it's much less exciting than that. It's just the story of a company run badly."

[Read the thread too.]
thisandthat  borders  business  bankruptcy  mismanagement  realestate  money  finance  internet  web  booksellers  books  retail  2011 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Post by Robin Sloan; "the Borders bankruptcy isn't essentially about the book business"
"I think it might have something to do w/ the franchises you cite, +Tim Carmody. I think the real locus of love & engagement today is not books (e- or otherwise) but rather fandoms. You know this is the case when you don't ever cite a particular volume. Instead it's just: Twilight. Harry Potter. Middle Earth. Game of Thrones. (And there's an interesting cross-media dynamic in that last example: the TV incarnation has essentially usurped the naming rights for the whole fandom. I call the book series "Game of Thrones" now—not "A Song of Ice and Fire.")

Now, as it turns out, books are a great way to kick off sprawling cross-media stories, and manga are even better; words are still a world-builder's best tools. But importantly, the thing people get wrapped up in, the thing they feel this crazy allegiance for, isn't the words, or the paper, or the E-Ink. It's the fictional world."
robinsloan  timcarmody  bordersbooks  books  booksellers  print  publishing  retail  bankruptcy  2011  genre  franchises  fiction  literature 
july 2011 by robertogreco
(party) per bend sinister ["Dexter Sinister is the compound name of David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey."]
"David graduated from the UNC in 1993, Yale in 1999, & went on to form O-R-G, a design studio in New York City. Stuart graduated from the University of Reading in 1994, the Werkplaats Typografie in 2000, and co-founded the arts journal Dot Dot Dot the same year. David currently teaches at Columbia University and Rhode Island School of Design. Stuart is currently involved in diverse projects at Parsons School of Design (NYC) and Pasadena Art Center (LA).

Dexter Sinister recently established a workshop in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street, on the Lower East Side in New York City. The workshop is intended to model a ‘Just-In-Time’ economy of print production, running counter to the contemporary assembly-line realities of large-scale publishing. This involves avoiding waste by working on-demand, utilizing local cheap machinery, considering alternate distribution strategies, and collapsing distinctions of editing, design, production and distribution into one efficient activity."
dextersinister  davidreinfurt  stuartbailey  design  art  architecture  books  justintime  nyc  performance  production  booksellers  libraries  workshops  printing  publishing  bookstores  distribution  bookfuturism  efficiency  future 
july 2011 by robertogreco
17 Dexter Sinister: From the Toolbox of a Serving Library — Program Information — The Banff Centre
"In 2006 Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt & Stuart Bailey) established a workshop & bookstore of same name in NY, & have since explored aspects of contemporary publishing in diverse contexts. As well as designing, editing, producing & distributing both printed & digital media, they have also worked w/ ambiguous roles & formats, usually in live contexts of galleries & museums. These projects generally play to some form of site-specificity, where a publication or series of events are worked out in public over a set period of time.

Dexter Sinister intend to slowly dissolve all such activities into one single institution, The Serving Library. This overarching project is founded on a consideration of how the role of the library has changed over time—from fixed archive, through circulating collection, to point of distribution. As much about The Library as social furniture as it is a specific model, the project ultimately returns to its point of departure: as a place for learning…"
dextersinister  davidreinfurt  stuartbailey  libraries  residency  bookstores  booksellers  nyc  publishing  art  galleries  museums  situatedart  situated  theservinglibrary  distribution  collections  circulation  archives  change  evolution  lcproject  learning  performance  exhibitions 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Harry Potter and the Farmer’s Market « Snarkmarket
"So what if you set up a stand next to the radish-monger & sold books at the farmer’s market? …an inventory specifically concocted to tickle the brains & tug the heart-strings of farmer’s market true believers?

Then, what about selling books at fancy food stores, wineries, & (yes) mysterious cheese shops? Don’t people have enough cook books already? Couldn’t those stores stock a little rack of cheap Food Cart Boys thrillers & sell them as impulse buys?

Maybe there’s another format that would work even better. Maybe it’s actually a rack of audio books, & you can play one in the kitchen while you make something great out of that dino kale & mysterious cheese.

I think the market is ripe. Everybody’s wondering: okay, first vampires, then zombies…what’s next?…I think it’s food: tales of weird sci-fi food, tales of illicit criminal food, tales of food & love.

I want the next wave to be food, because I think those could be amazing stories, & because I think they’re worth telling."
robinsloan  comments  snarkmarket  food  books  publishing  booksellers  farmersmarkets  cooking  literature  fiction  2011 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Bibliotherapy
"Once upon a time, it was easy to find books you could enjoy and which felt relevant to your life. Now a new book is published every 30 seconds, and you would need 163 lifetimes to get through all the titles offered on Amazon. That’s why The School of Life has set up a bibliotherapy service: the perfect way for you to discover those amazing but often elusive works of literature that can illuminate and even change your life.
theschooloflife  books  bibliotherapy  booksellers  literature  infooverload  personalization  thebookworks 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Small bookshop refuses to be muscled out - SignOnSanDiego.com
"Stefanacci, on the other hand, can strike you as the smartest student in the physics lab. In fact, she left a career as a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute to buy a bookstore that drew her like a velveteen rabbit through the business world’s version of the looking glass. ... Despite a recent 10 percent downturn in revenue, Stefanacci is defiantly bullish on the future of what she likes to call a “curated bookstore,” a passionate marriage of emporium and museum."
thebookworks  friends  books  bookfuturism  booksellers 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The new book tour > Robin Sloan
"The peo­ple who showed up for these events had usu­ally never heard of me. They came because it was a party at their friend’s house and the friend promised to make those cup­cakes they like or was call­ing in a favor. ... The read­ings mostly went very long, over an hour with ques­tions, and peo­ple didn’t leave. We were often up dis­cussing until 1 in the morn­ing. An impor­tant part of the book is my trou­bled rela­tion­ship with my father and what I took to be his con­fes­sion to mur­der in an unpub­lished mem­oir. (I inves­ti­gated and found no evi­dence of any such killing; my father refuses to con­firm or deny it.) Fol­low­ing the read­ing, over a glass of wine or slice of cake or noth­ing at all, peo­ple told me about their own dif­fi­cult rela­tion­ships with fam­ily mem­bers, peo­ple they couldn’t for­give or who wouldn’t for­give them. In a weird way the read­ings began to feel like an exten­sion of the book."
books  robinsloan  booktours  booksellers  readings  parties 
january 2010 by robertogreco
BBC - BBC World Service Programmes - Business Daily, Is The Book Dead?
"Will eBooks push volumes with paper pages off the shelves for good? They're defined as "an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a personal computer or hand-held device designed specifically for this purpose". So, they have the weight of one book but contain hundreds of volumes - but they don't feel like a book.
books  ebooks  kindle  future  technology  bookfuturism  booksellers  print 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Seth's Blog: It's not the rats you need to worry about
"Amazon and the Kindle have killed the bookstore. Why? Because people who buy 100 or 300 books a year are gone forever. The typical American buys just one book a year for pleasure. Those people are meaningless to a bookstore. It's the heavy users that matter, and now officially, as 2009 ends, they have abandoned the bookstore. It's over. When law firms started switching to fax machines, Fedex realized that the cash cow part of their business (100 or 1000 or more envelopes per firm per day) was over and switched fast to packages. Good for them."
books  kindle  fedex  booksellers  sethgodin  bookstores  marketing  itunes  ebooks  amazon 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Reading or Technology | Bookfuturism
"I used to work in a bookstore and often parents would ask me how they could get their children to read more. Always, my first question was "what was the last book you read?". Unvariably, the return answer was "Oh, I don't read." <insert head in doorway, slam door hard until rendered unconscious.> That is one reason I was happy to find this site. ... So, we return to the question at the top. How do we get children to read more? We have to focus on the children because it is already too late to convince the latest generation to hit twenty that reading is a singular, important and valid experience itself. This leads to two points:
books  reading  children  bookfuturism  tcsnmy  parenting  print  booksellers  publishing  online  future  classicalmusic  classical  mucic  appreciation 
december 2009 by robertogreco
...lisa's blog: The Book Works and Evolution: Adapting to the Future | The Book Works
"The Book Works intends to spend a lot of time visitng Bookfuturism. We encourage you to do so, too. Our interests are philosophical but also very, very practical. We want to survive, we want to adapt, we want to stick with you (and vice versa) through the next several decades. If we are inspired enough, we may try out some ideas in a project that I'm calling "Bookfuturism: A Case Study"."
friends  lisastefanacci  thebookworks  bookfuturism  books  booksellers 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Bookfuturism | mapping the future of reading [Background: http://snarkmarket.com/2009/4468]
"Bookfuturism.com is a digital commons and multi-user blog open to anyone interested in the future of reading. It's also a social network for bookfuturists - men and women who believe that books, bookshops, libraries, publishers, newspapers, authors, and readers have a future -- albeit one that may be radically different from the present -- and who want to participate in that future."
bookfuturism  books  innovation  publishing  copyright  googlebooks  future  bookstores  booksellers  technofuturism 
december 2009 by robertogreco
All the while, it was growing « Snarkmarket
"AN IDEA. I have an idea! ... More to the point — book­fu­tur­ists. I love it because the first word mod­i­fies the sec­ond as much as the other way around. A futur­ist (in the orig­i­nal sense) wants to burn down libraries. A book­fu­tur­ist wants to put video games in them. (And he wants one of those video games to be Lego Ham­let.) A book­fu­tur­ist, in other words, isn’t some­one who purely embraces the new and con­signs the old to the rub­bish heap. She’s always look­ing for things that blend her appre­ci­a­tion of the two. (The book­fu­tur­ist might be really into steampunk.) The book­fu­tur­ist is deeply dif­fer­ent from the two peo­ple he might oth­er­wise eas­ily be mis­taken for — the tech­no­fu­tur­ist and the book­ser­v­a­tive. Tech­no­fu­tur­ists and book­ser­v­a­tives HATE each other. Book­fu­tur­ists have some affec­tion for each of them, even if they both also drive him nuts. What do I mean by “tech­no­fu­tur­ists” and “book­ser­v­a­tives”? Well, I can show you."
bookfuturism  books  booksellers  change  bookstores  thebookworks  bookservatives  timcarmody  technofuturists 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Embracing eclecticism « Snarkmarket
"How will my book­store evolve over the next sev­eral decades? How can I retain the essence of what I do — and how the store serves the com­mu­nity? It’s sound­ing like the cur­rent model will be obso­lete pretty soon, at least in terms of finan­cial via­bil­ity. I can’t tell at this point how the Amer­i­can Book­sellers Asso­ci­a­tion is going to help us tran­si­tion to the near future, but I doubt there will be any rev­o­lu­tion­ary changes — they are advo­cates for too many indies to try any­thing too rad­i­cal too quickly. As for me, I’m plan­ning to stick around and fol­low your con­ver­sa­tions, per­haps try out an idea or two, and attempt to fash­ion a model that will fly in the real world. Maybe I’ll start a blog on the store web­site: Book­fu­tur­ism: A Case Study."
thebookworks  bookfuturism  snarkmarket  timcarmody  comments  friends  booksellers  bookstores  future  lisastefanacci 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Your local stationers’ shop « Snarkmarket
"key point seems to be that book­store patrons today are kind of like Repub­li­can Party — almost every­one who hasn’t given up on the project alto­gether is a zealot. To stay alive, book­stores need to fos­ter their com­mu­ni­ties & har­ness that zealotry, mak­ing sure that they don’t lose a gen­er­a­tion of future zealots sim­ply because they didn’t show up. I like Doctorow’s for­mu­la­tion: “In that world, book­sellers become a lot more like blog­gers who spe­cial­ize in all things book­ish — wun­derkam­mer­ers who stock exactly the right book for the right peo­ple in the right neighborhood.” Now this actu­ally loses book­stores the pure democ­racy argu­ment. It will no longer be the case that book­stores are the only places offer­ing sal­va­tio — er, I mean, books. Book­stores might not be Catholic churches, where every­one is wel­come — but could be our hard, thrifty Puri­tan churches, whose mem­bers go out into world & demon­strate their sal­va­tion through their worldly works."
books  future  timcarmody  booksellers  business  clayshirky  change  corydoctorow  thebookworks  bookfuturism  bookservatives  technofuturism 
december 2009 by robertogreco

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