How do we reimagine connections with universities and libraries as cohorts with Indie bookstores for the benefit of all?

Host:  Lisa Uhrik Participants: Lisa Uhrik, Jasmine Valandani, Gayle Wattawa, Shari Stauch Notes:  Lisa – Franklin Fixtures: how to create spaces, organizational development and literacy (museums and bookstores) Book – America Becoming by Lisa Uhrik Japan – buy or borrow model – how to partner with libraries to create stores within a library museum stores… Continue reading How do we reimagine connections with universities and libraries as cohorts with Indie bookstores for the benefit of all?

How do we get more people reading books?

Host:  Mark Pearson Notes:  There are different demographics:  kids, young adults, adults, and people access books differently – some through libraries, some through bookstores, some through audiobooks. Young people are visual, but not necessarily with the printed page – graphic novels and manga may be more appealing. Audiobooks can enable people with dyslexia to access… Continue reading How do we get more people reading books?

What DISTINGUISHES a community bookstore?? What could a movement to support community bookstores look like, and how can we support it?

Host:  Anne Stadler & Paul Wright Participants: Notes:  What does a “movement” mean? Something comparable to the Free Speech Movement!? Paul suggests: Could there be a national movement that supports local community bookstores. Bookstores should be “civic” organizations, a place where people’s voices can be heard, a central source for community information. A center for… Continue reading What DISTINGUISHES a community bookstore?? What could a movement to support community bookstores look like, and how can we support it?

New books are the lifeblood of a bookstore, a room full of books. How do you keep your passion and stay on top of the season, make discoveries?

Host: Patricia Nelson Participants: Madi Mullen, Missy from Katy Budget Books, Diana Montano, Hannah Harlow, Nasim Ghasemiyeh, Kristianne, Kelly Munn Notes:  Bookstores have to do so many things – but bringing in the new books, the discipline of it, are sales rep relationships outdated? Etc. or anything related to this topic Patricia: Recently at an… Continue reading New books are the lifeblood of a bookstore, a room full of books. How do you keep your passion and stay on top of the season, make discoveries?

How can cooperative ownership (worker and/or consumer) provide an alternative to traditional economic models?

Host: Roy Karp at Rozzie Bound (Boston, MA) (roy@rozziebound.com)  Participants: Suzanna, Amanda, Charlie, Kristin Hall, Beth, Nathan, Kristen, Esme, Jamilah, Rebecca, Hannah, Stephanie Heinz Notes:  Introductions – popcorn Roy – Rozzie Bound, aspiring cooperative in Boston Jamillah – House of Page, worker-owned bookstore in Georgia ? Rebecca – Rediscover Books, looking to become a coop… Continue reading How can cooperative ownership (worker and/or consumer) provide an alternative to traditional economic models?

How can indie bookstores get the kind of public support that libraries, etc. get to alleviate the financial burdens?

Host: Tanya Mills  Participants: Eileen McGervey, Diana Montano, Robert Martin, Joan Griffin McCabe, Veronica Liu, Andy Hunter (John Mutter, Pam Grange, Kevin Smokler, Ethan Nosowsky, Aziza stopped by) Notes:  Are there “grants” that bookstores can apply for that are similar to the kind of support themselves like libraries? Asking Veronica: wondering about founding of Word… Continue reading How can indie bookstores get the kind of public support that libraries, etc. get to alleviate the financial burdens?

How can indie bookstores remain true community spaces in a polarized society? If they can’t or don’t want to, what are the consequences?

Host:  Jill Hendrix Participants: Ruth Liebmann from PRH, Connie (writer), Sara Look from Charis, Ryan Jackson from Open Books, Jahtiek Long, Kevin Smokler, Katy Budget Books used bookstore, Alex Green from PW, Humaira (writer/consumer), Kim / Third Place, and many others Notes:  What makes a community space?-welcome: staff, books you recognize -physical space: community meeting… Continue reading How can indie bookstores remain true community spaces in a polarized society? If they can’t or don’t want to, what are the consequences?

How can we work together to build a $50 Million national fund that will work as a foundation focused on bookstores and give grants and loans and offer fundraising training to bookstores?

Host:  Praveen Madan, CEO, Kepler’s Books Participants: Georgie Court, Bookstore1Sarasota Jeff Waxman, sales rep for IPG Nina Barrett, Bookends Beginnings, Evanston, IL Kathy Brozek, independent consulting working with nonprofits/financial services, writer Evan Karp, Booksmith Larry Engel, Reader and Author Jhoanna, Bel Canto Books Lisa, Buffalo Street Books Ron Charles, book critic at The Washington Post… Continue reading How can we work together to build a $50 Million national fund that will work as a foundation focused on bookstores and give grants and loans and offer fundraising training to bookstores?