“Bookman & The Lady” on selling books

Bookman & The Lady (biblio.com)
Image credit: thebookmanandthelady.com

A Biblio bookseller, Bookman & The Lady, recently wrote an article for Ohio about their business and their love of books.

Here’s a snippet:

And yet we do sell books. Actual physical books that people still buy, even in this age when every form of media can be delivered digitally and often instantaneously.

I can understand why a person would say that…that no one buys books anymore.

And yet, people like to talk about books, whether they’re doom and glooming it about the decline of the book or mourning a burned down library or – in what is happily more and more becoming my reality – talking about how much they love books. And, in so far as our very subjective experience as people who sell books goes, people do buy books.

(Click here for the full article)

Their northern New Mexico online shop specializes in rare and collectible books and vintage clothing: http://www.thebookmanandthelady.com/

You can view the bookish part of their inventory at their Biblio storefront.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


The Book House Needs Your Help!

Kickstart an independent bookstore into a new location!

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Getting closer – the sign is up at the new location!
(image from www.bookhousetl.com)

Back in 2007, we published an article about a St. Louis bookstore called “The Book House” – a lovely Victorian era mansion that is haunted by three different ghosts.  The proprietors of the Book House, the Barron family, have been helping customers track down long-lost books since they opened doors in 1986, and they have also donated a portion of their profits to various charities, including Second Chapter, a group/foster home for disabled children.

Unfortunately, this spring, the Barrons lost their much loved bookshop location as the landowners sold the property and the beautiful house was slated to be destroyed.

Book House has found a new location in nearby Maplewood, Missouri, but the renovation costs on their new space have continued to rise and rise. (more…)

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Winner of the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship

Renaissance Books awarded the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship!

logo for Renaissance BooksWe want to extend a hearty appreciation to everyone who applied for this year’s Don Dario scholarship for the 2013 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

Each year, we receive a slew of applications from completely worthy and wonderful booksellers, and the hardest part is choosing only one of them to win!  After much deliberation, the selection committee has chosen Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle of Renaissance Books to be the recipient of the tuition scholarship for 2013.  Congratulations, Malcolm!

Malcolm will receive the full cost of tuition for attendance, $250 toward travel and accommodations, and have all monthly fees rebated for one year of Biblio’s lowest commission billing option.    There is also a $250 donation heading to the Alan Duff Charitable Foundation (better known as Duffy Books in Homes) to assist them with their laudable goal of providing free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year.

Everyone here at Biblio wishes Malcolm a safe journey, a wealth of knowledge to take back home to his bookshop in Dunedin, and an overall wonderful time in Colorado!

To the many booksellers that sadly we couldn’t choose this year, we hope that you will apply again next year!  Biblio.com offers an annual scholarship to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar – The Don Dario Honorary Scholarship is offered in keeping with Biblio’s stated commitment to Environment, Independence and Community.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Literary Tourist: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Caliban Book Shop in Pittsburgh, PA
Caliban Book Shop in Pittsburgh, PA

LiteraryTourist.com makes planning your next vacation a breeze, bringing a directory of independent bookstores, literary destinations, and bookish activities & events from all around the world right to your fingertips.

It is summer, and it’s time to start planning your vacation!

If you are a book-lover, one city that might be of interest is Pittsburgh.  Once known as ‘Hell with the lid off’ – it’s where Andrew Carnegie built his steel empire.  This brilliant businessman and great philanthropist is perhaps best known to bibliophiles as the person who funded the building of thousands of libraries all around the English speaking world.  Nineteen branches of the Pittsburgh public system are Carnegie libraries, including the main branch.  Here you’ll find  a rare book collection that includes some fascinating volumes on the history and culture of gypsies and the life of Oliver Cromwell.  In addition there are works by Dickens, Kipling, Clemens and many other famed authors, plus a selection of late 19th and early 20th century children’s literature.

This is just the start. There are some good used antiquarian shops in town, several active reading series programs and a number of nationally renowned theatre companies.

Check out the Literary Tourist listings map of Pittsburgh, and one possible day-long Literary Tourist itinerary.

Enjoy!



Marelibri launches an Android Application

Breaking News From our friends at Marelibri:

Marelibri has just released a free application for Android smartphones and tablets!

You can now search and compare prices for that perfect new, used, or antiquarian book from thousands of independent booksellers from your Droid and then purchase directly from the bookseller.  You can also save your favorite books and searches for later, or to share with your friends.

Download it for FREE:  http://www.marelibri.com/androidApplication.html

or search the official Android Market for “Marelibri”

The Android app is currently available in English and French.



A True Passion for Books

Elizabeth Kostova spoke at a reception Thursday evening, October 7th on Carolina Day’s Key School campus in Asheville, North Carolina. Throughout her talk, she shared her childhood experiences which were centered on reading.  Her growing up years were not only focused on silent reading, but reading aloud to one another.  Kostova’s family read the classics including Jane Austen, Henry James and Charles Dickens.  In fact, as Kostova picked up Conan Doyle to read aloud to one of her children, she realized that it was these … Continued


Shop local used bookstores – online

Find an independent used bookstore near you!

(and shop their books online – or off)

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We’ve long meant to provide a way that customers can search the combined inventory of their local independent used bookstores online. We’re pretty pleased to have that pet project off the ground over at Biblio.com – even if only for U.S. bookstores at present. So, head on over to Biblio.com, find local used bookstores near you, and search their combined inventory online.  I promise its very geeky-cool for book people.

Whether you buy books online using Biblio.com, or head down the road and visit their shops, we want you to join us in supporting independent bookstores! Don’t forget to bookmark the page for future use, or share with your friends!

And, if you’re looking for local, independent new bookstores, be sure to bookmark the ABA’s IndieBound, too.


Books and Booze – a profitable business, or pending hangover?

Battery Park Book Exchange

Asheville’s latest addition to the bookstore scene is Battery Park Book Exchange, and offers a wide range of books in a great downtown setting. They operate two floors of books, shelved around rooms decorated with couches, Oriental rugs, quality lamps–and a champagne bar?

I almost couldn’t believe it. I’ve never seen a bookstore that offers alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and wasn’t more “bar” than “book haven.”  Although the concept is not necessarily novel (no pun intended), it’s a great pairing. Who wouldn’t like a glass of some nice bubbly while reading a fine first edition?

They’ll be offering wine, beer and champagne in their small bar area, and staying open later than some other local bookstores (until 10 p.m. possibly in the summer season) so their patrons can enjoy outdoor seating, too.

Let’s just hope the current economic climate doesn’t bring a damper on the new lit-chic party in town.

See the Book Exchange for yourself at: 1 Battle Square, Asheville, NC 28801.