Just wanted to share a link that gives a bit of insight into what's going on with e-books, Amazon, and the Justice Department. The comments section is particularly interesting.
Today through Saturday the 7th, get 20% off your entire purchase and maybe win a prize!! Plus, come on Saturday night at 7pm and here an awesome performance by Skyler.
What have we accomplished in 10 years?? Let's take a look at how we measure up against Amazon:
Local employees-- RiverRun: 6 on average. Amazon: 0
Local Property taxes paid-- RiverRun: $85,000. Amazon: 0
Cash and Gift Card contributions to local schools and charities-- RiverRun: $70,000 Amazon: 0
Cultural Events Produced-- RiverRun--1000+ Amazon-- 0
Cheap Used Books-- RiverRun: yes Amazon: yes
Discounts-- RiverRun: discounts to schools and nonprofits, frequent buyer program, book group program Amazon: Lots
On Turning Ten by Billy Collins
The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I'm coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light--read more
We are celebrating our tenth anniversary next week. Needless to say, things have been pretty exciting and hectic around here getting the new space going. This is a good time to step back and take a breather. A very short breather. We have scads of new things about to be launched, so stay tuned.
First up, I am thrilled to announce our new program Paperback to the Future!! We promise to make you happy and promote new and obscure authors and publishers at the same time. Our Veloci-reader Liberty will personal pick the perfect book for you. Find out more here.
Next week, we'll have a four day long Anniversary Sale, which will kick of with a booksigning by the great Alice Hoffman.
And much much more to come as we enter those all important tween years.
We love signed books. We even have a signed first editions club that you should ask us more about. We're having a very busy June, with lots of great events. Here are some of the signed books we currently have on hand:
Other People We Married by Emma Straub
The Astral by Kate Christensen
The Melting Season by Jami Attenberg
You Think That's Bad by Jim Shepard
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Next week we'll have:
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
Maine by Courtney Sullivan
The Greater Journey by David McCullough
Another year is almost over, and I guess the highlight of 2010 for RiverRun is that we are still here, and you still keep coming through our door. Thank You!!
It's a scary, scary time in the bookselling world. We've seen a kind of "perfect storm" of recession, competition, technological innovation, and industry shakiness. 2010 will probably go down as the year that electronic boks finally broke through into the mainstream in a big, big way. While Amazon's Kindle has been making steady headway over the last few years, the introduction of the iPad this year really signaled a tipping point.read more
Here's a link to a great Slate article about how Book Owners Have Smarter Kids. I don't think it's an elitist message, considering we have books at SecondRun for as cheap as a dollar, and Library Sales regularly clear books out for 25 cents. The point is, if you have books in the house, kids will read them. Or maybe osmosis is in play?
Hmmm, if book owners have smarter kids, what do Bookstore owners have?read more
We've got too many books over at SecondRun, our used bookstore. This weekend, May 22nd and 23rd, all used books are buy two get one free (the cheapest one is free). That means our already reasonable prices ($7 for hardcovers, $5 for paperbacks) just got unreasonably cheap.
We also have boxes and boxes of dollar books, which means you could line up an entire summer of reading for about ten or fifteen bucks. Go to it!
SecondRun Bookstore is located at 7 Commercial Alley in downtown Portsmouth. Phone number is 603-431-2480.read more
Funny how people are. Known for books that can make people pass out from nausea, Chuck Palahniuk in person is a gracious, sweet guy who really connected with the crowd at our event last Tuesday. He spent two to three minutes with each person who was getting a book signed, asking them questions and posing for pictures.
Interesting, too, was the number of emails we got the next day thanking us for a great event. More than we've ever received. Keep in mind that this crowd was considerable younger, more tattooed, and more pierced than our usual book reading crowd. It just goes to show that courtesy isn't dead, and that you can't judge a boo... well, you know. I can't say it.read more
We are your friendly neighborhood bookstore, located in downtown Portsmouth, NH. Small but potent, we offer a fine selection of new books with an emphasis on fiction, history, poetry and mystery. We also have a great little kids section, and hold over 100 events a year.