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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

A local bookstore holding it's own in the battle against the giants

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No one sells more books than Amazon.  Barnes & Noble moves a lot of literary merch, too.

So what about the local mom-and-dad places?  How do they compete against mega-web outlets than can sell so cheap and offer such huge variety?   Some, admittedly, aren't doing so well.  The New York Times says some are forced to hold their hands out and ask for donations via websites like

One local bookseller gets mentioned in the Times piece--Boswell's Daniel Goldin, who hasn't had to resort to donations to stay afloat.  

Goldin joined us on Wisconsin's Morning News Wednesday, detailing the different things his shop and others like it have to do to beat the big guys--author events, tie-ins with other local activities, etc.

I admit, I like the ease and convenience of my Nook--it fits better on my treadmill, for one thing--but there's nothing like the feel and even the smell of a book.  Plus, what looks more civilized than a well-stocked in-home library? Can't do that with a Kindle.


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