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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
From space to time « Snarkmarket
"Bri­dle says read­ers don’t value what pub­lish­ers do because all of the time involved in edit­ing, for­mat­ting, mar­ket­ing, etc., is invis­i­ble to reader when they encounter final prod­uct. Maybe. But mak­ing that time/labor vis­i­ble CAN’T just mean brusquely insist­ing that pub­lish­ers really are impor­tant & that they really do do valu­able work. It needs to mean some­thing like find­ing new ways for read­ers to engage with that work, & mak­ing that time mean­ing­ful as THEIR time.

In short, it means that writ­ers & pro­duc­ers of read­ing mate­r­ial prob­a­bly ought to con­sider tak­ing them­selves a lit­tle less seri­ously & read­ers & read­ing a lit­tle more seri­ously. Let’s actu­ally BUILD that body of knowl­edge about read­ers and their prac­tices — let’s even start by look­ing at TIME as a key deter­mi­nant, espe­cially as we move from print to dig­i­tal read­ing — & try to offer a bet­ter, more tai­lored yet more vari­able range of expe­ri­ences accordingly."
reading  writing  snarkmarket  comments  thebookworks  books  publishing  annotation  quotations  interactivity  experience  time  space  data  amazon  penguin  jamesbridle  robinsloan  respect  ebooks  kindle  ipad  bookfuturism  attention  timcarmody  edting  formatting  value  understanding  commonplacebooks  transparency  visibility  patterns  patternrecognition  friends  lisastefanacci  bookselling  npr  practice 
may 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
...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
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
Local Bookstores, Social Hubs, and Mutualization « Clay Shirky
"The core idea is to appeal to that small subset of customers who think of bookstores as their “third place”, alongside home and work. These people care about the store’s existence in physical (and therefore social) space; the goal would be to generate enough revenue from them to make the difference between red and black ink, and to make the new bargain not just acceptable but desirable for all parties. A small collection of patron saints who helped keep a local bookstore open could be cheaply smothered in appreciation by the culture they help support...All of which is to say that trying to save local bookstores from otherwise predictably fatal competition by turning some customers into members, patrons, or donors is an observably crazy idea. However, if the sober-minded alternative is waiting for the Justice Department to anoint the American Booksellers Association as a kind of OPEC for ink, even crazy ideas may be worth a try."
bookselling  books  business  clayshirky  adaptation  community  trends  publishing  digital  bookstores  culture  future  online  local  thirdplaces  social  media  activism  commerce  thebookworks  bookfuturism  technofuturism  thirdspaces 
november 2009 by robertogreco

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