Plenary Notes, Oct 18-19, 2021

October 18 Opening Remarks October 18 Evening News October 19 News and Announcements October 19 Closing October 18 Opening Remarks Praven Madan’s introduction HELLOOOOO EVERYONE! WELCOME.  Thank you all for joining us today for, what we hope, will be a pivotal gathering for bookstores and our communities. My name is Praveen Madan and for my… Continue reading Plenary Notes, Oct 18-19, 2021

How can community bookstores self-organize to help themselves?

Host:  Paul Wright Participants: Betsy Weitzman, Jasmine Valandani, Kelly Stromberg, Malcolm Margolin, Nialle Sylvan, Paul Wright Notes: Is there an owner version of unionizing? What about ABA and BinC? Why re-invent the wheel when wheels already exist? On the other hand, do these organizations really serve the kind of business needs booksellers at this event are… Continue reading How can community bookstores self-organize to help themselves?

How does the “reimagined bookstore” exist in the current climate alongside more traditional models? What questions come into play as we move forward?

Host: Lisa – Buffalo Street Books Participants: Notes:  Is the reimagined bookstore in conflict with more traditional models? Some of the models will be non-profit. The non-traditional stores already exist in this community. Nontraditional stores are doing their thing already. The non-trad stores are already doing many of things we’re discussing. The same things aren’t going… Continue reading How does the “reimagined bookstore” exist in the current climate alongside more traditional models? What questions come into play as we move forward?

How events, and event partnerships, can help bookstores

Host: Cherilyn Parsons (founder/ED of Bay Area Book Festival) Participants: Evan Karp; Steve Wax; Kelly Stromberg; Candace; Margot Sage Notes:  The group discussed permutations of, and ideas for, literary events.  Questions: Some bookstores produce their own large events (in-person or virtual): what are the dynamics of those, in-person and virtual, in expanding sales and building community?… Continue reading How events, and event partnerships, can help bookstores

Should we form something like a Stewardship Council to maintain the momentum?

Host:   Praveen Madan, Kepler’s Books Participants: Jamilah, House of Pages Missy, Katy Budget Books Ryan Jackson, Open Books (Chicago) Suzanna Hermans, Oblong (Did primary note taking) Bradley, BookSmart Lanora, sales rep  Deb, Literati Bookstore Kendra, reader Sandra, reader/author Clancey, Seminary Co-Op Esme, Firestorm Books Latanya, Bronx Bound Books Alex, PW Will, Emerson Collective Vanessa, author… Continue reading Should we form something like a Stewardship Council to maintain the momentum?

What big big changes can we make to re-envision the bookstore business? Maybe something based on a co-op or for-good corporation?

Host:  Brad Participants: Bradley Jones, Esme Joy, Laura Larson, Tanya Mills, Nick Johnson Notes:  How do we re-envision? – a new business model? Different branding? Branding: How do we brand the concept of an in-person book store? How are we different than being just a place to buy books? What is the story? How can… Continue reading What big big changes can we make to re-envision the bookstore business? Maybe something based on a co-op or for-good corporation?

Can the indie bookstore channel work together to create a powerful and moving Storybrand?

Host:  Jill Hendrix Participants: Angie Grau, Alana @ Schuler, Eric Green, Marissa, Amanda Hall @ Kepler’s, Steph Opitz, Kristin Hall, Katrina Kruse, Nathan Halter @ Batch, Jamilah, Ryan Jackson, Donna Liu, Melissa DeMotte, and others Notes:  What value do we provide to customers? more than just books space itself curation discovery knowledge creating family traditions:… Continue reading Can the indie bookstore channel work together to create a powerful and moving Storybrand?

Our channel has always struggled with how to prove and quantify our marketshare to publishers (financial AND cultural) when not all of our purchases are direct, and when not all of our sales are visible to them, and even then, when we are a small-ish slice of the pie. SO, how do we quantify and re-value our marketshare to better prioritize the indie channel in publishers’ eyes, investment, priorities and resources

Host:  Rebecca Fitting, Greenlight / BrocheAroe Fabian, Sourcebooks/River Dog Book Co. Participants: Anne Dimock, Author/Fundraising Ruth Liebmann, PRH Jeff Deutsch, Seminary Coop Billie Bloebaum, 3rd Street Books Brittany Caine Camden Avery, Booksmith Daniel O’Brien Elise, San Fran Emil C., River’s End Emily Warfield, Bluestockings Hele C. Stories Like Me IBID Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Jasmin Brooks,… Continue reading Our channel has always struggled with how to prove and quantify our marketshare to publishers (financial AND cultural) when not all of our purchases are direct, and when not all of our sales are visible to them, and even then, when we are a small-ish slice of the pie. SO, how do we quantify and re-value our marketshare to better prioritize the indie channel in publishers’ eyes, investment, priorities and resources

Community Partners to collaborate with to deepen literacy

Host:  Jasmine Valandani Participants: Notes:  Durham, NC has a group called Book Harvest a non-profit that provides books to 0-5 year olds – once a month visit and gifted 2 free new books. They collect donations from the community. There are statistics that book ownership translates to higher literacy rates Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo, I came late… Continue reading Community Partners to collaborate with to deepen literacy

Designing for Stories

Host:  Steve Wax Participants: Wendy Thomas Russell, Margo Sage-El, Lisa Uhrik, Vickie Titcombs (?) need 2 more Notes:  Indie bookstores are increasingly designing for a story, not just a book or category.  — As are museums, libraries, galleries, and shops Lisa at Franklin Fixtures is encouraging and supporting more and more story thinking around the… Continue reading Designing for Stories