Christie Olson Day, Gallery Bookshop
Another participant – Kim Patch, Rozzie Bound, Boston
- We all came up with bad ideas of terrible bookstores of the future
- “Sharing” home libraries with the bookstore as the trading post, taking a cut
- Pick a review journal and have those books in stock, charge a subscription fee for customers to come in and borrow the books for a set period of time
- Every store has an associated nonprofit for various types of programs
- Maybe stifling the flow of new titles isn’t a bad thing? There are sooooo many new books each year, far far more than there used to be
- What are ways we could capture more revenue, e.g. from books changing hands
- Stop thinking about money – part of making community outreach a priority
- In communities where many work from home, can we capture the coffee shop business of folks who work remotely? What would this mean for B2B opportunities?
- Book mobiles
- Put kids front and center: key to diversity, gets parents into the shop as well
- Dyslexic-friendly books for adults
- Could every bookstore also be a public library that’s a nonprofit or take in government money?
- Different levels of engagement: traditional bookstore AND nonprofit AND exclusive club AND ????
- Make our own publishing houses – at scale, multiple bookstores working together
- Get more celebrities on board, viral marketing campaigns, journalists always asking “what are you reading next?”
- Self-pubbed books that have bookstore stamps of approval
- Curate bookshelves at other businesses
- How can we get paid?
- Government subsidies
- Make ourselves part of the military industrial complex – promise to build a missile silo and sell books instead 😉
- VC funding
- Personal shopping hours or a cover charge
- Event (e.g. weddings) hosting
- Impact investing
- Incorporating as a B corporation
- Monetize everything you possibly can
- What’s up with e-books and how can the US bookstore market compete with Kindle?
- Solicit bequests from deceased supporter’s estates
time share condo, exclusive, saleable, inheritable
ice cream parlor serving food
distributed bookstore – in homes, need invite
metaverse – books in these games
train switch out the books somehow
mcdonald’s room, all VR and pick up on drive thru
multiple modes of exchange, offering a story in exchange
haunted house, room to room, exploring finding stuff
information center, happen to leave with a book
combined with a worksharing space –
liberated from real estate
deep back list taken out of circulation – amway model
mobilize customer and friends grassroots door to door
app on a cell phone, catered to various audiences
distributed to private buyers / craigslist / in home
Book Stores (Bk) also shipping centers, faster than amazon
gathering place for the community
Bk – banded together, like make the bookstores in seattle monitize home library to share and draw into stores, stores get a cut
booksmith/bookswap every quarter
as a used bookstore we do this already
bring in, read it, return it.
small lending shelf keyed to like-minded review sources, subscription to have books on hand for review, purchase at discount when eclipsed, 3/4 price for non subscribers
mad hatter rotate one book to the right for a book club
more curation, stiffling the flow the a little better
Great documentary on Napster by Alex Winter: https://alexwinter.com/projects/downloaded/ [from email]
ways to bring more people into bookstores
for profit bookmobile
piggy-backed, asking boss for a bookmobile for a designated day, special day to deliver
bus upkeep, rent, mobile hot spot, smaart, fun, adorably cute
combined with ice cream truck, what music to play
putting kids front and center, key, welcoming for kids, that parent could also enjoy that has something for them.
all of these ideas for community mental health, literacy, etc. non-profit
Antonia Squire Bridport UK Bookseller she/her to Everyone (10:39 AM) https://www.worldbookday.com/about-us/
Antonia Squire Bridport UK Bookseller she/her to Everyone (10:39 AM) Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income.
Ann Seaton, CALIBA to Everyone (10:47 AM) Elayna, does the cooking store note that the book selection come from Napa Bookmine? Do you cross-promote in other ways?
Elayna Trucker, Napa Bookmine, Bookstore Leader to Everyone (10:50 AM) yes! they had a big beautiful sign made up and a big window sticker
Ann Seaton, CALIBA to Everyone (10:50 AM) Perfect.
Elayna Trucker, Napa Bookmine, Bookstore Leader to Everyone (10:50 AM) and send folks our way if they don’t have what they want
Len Vlahos, Author, Former Bookseller to Everyone (11:05 AM) And… what we were offering wasn’t as good as the competition.
Julie Wernersbach, GM/Buyer, P&T Knitwear, NYC, she/her to Everyone (11:06 AM) I do still use my Kobo, though! (For digital galleys.) Beat up little thing that it is…
Antonia Squire Bridport UK Bookseller she/her to Everyone (11:06 AM) Yeah – and that’s what I’ve always loved about Praveen, let’s focus on what we do better than our competition. It took us a long time to get that message
3 Cs – curation community & convenience (missing third C)