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Rebel Bookseller: How to Improvise Your Own Indie Store and Beat Back the Chains F First Paperback Edition Used Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0975276341
ISBN-10: 0975276344
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Laties is a bitter, bitter man. He rails endlessly against book superstores and skewers publishers for allowing the giant retailers to dictate the new tenets of big book business, but, as he writes in his introduction, he's "accused no one of illegal activity." For 20 years, he's owned and operated independent children's bookstores in Chicago, and, in this book, shares much of what he's learned so, as the subtitle suggests, indie booksellers can not only survive, but, perhaps, thrive. However, he admits, much of his experience is irrelevant: "I can tell anecdotes about what we did. Unfortunately, none of those approaches will work again, because they've been ripped off by chain stores. You'll have to do something completely new." What he focuses on (and often distills into acronyms) are sound principles that apply to nearly any business: ADA (adapt, don't adopt), SMOWS (sell more of what's selling), the perennially obvious BLSH (buy low, sell high) and, naturally, be creative. The book alternates chapters between educational anecdotes and vitriolic rants, and though both are easy reading, the rants are where most of the fun (and dirt and tough-love business advice) is. Entertaining and heavy with Laties' experiences, his from-the-trenches account is a must-read for anyone considering opening an indie book shop.
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About the Author

Andrew Laties founded Children’s Bookstore, Children’s Bookfair, Children’s Museum Store, PovertyFighters.com, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Bookshop and won the Women’s National Book Association’s award. He wrote Showcasing Your Store, created The Art of Selling Children’s Books, the training film, and for ten years taught bookselling for the ABA. He lives in Amherst, MA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vox Pop; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (June 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975276344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975276341
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Reisz on October 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
More than a simple expose of the rather murky and misunderstood book world, Laties "Rebel Bookseller" is a call to arms for all future independent bookstore owners. While his tone is acerbic at times, his information and insights are top-notch. They should be after the over 20 years of independent bookselling he's done. Laties explains why books are so expensive and why superstores are to blame. Still, his message is a hopeful one. He sees the importance of independent bookselling for all aspects of the industry as independent bookstores are a breeding ground for independent thinking and independent writing and most important of all, independent reading. This book is a must-read for all booksellers, all bookstore owners, and all who hope to join that weird and wonderful world.
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If you are planning on opening a bookstore and know nothing about the book trade, this book might not be as entertaining. If you have worked in the trade before, however, this book is both a quick, entertaining read and a wealth of information in the form of anecdotes and handy tidbits toward going it on your own. It won't give you a step-by-step guide to starting a bookstore, but then again if you wanted that you probably wouldn't be reading a book called "Rebel Bookseller." Laties' claims that he did everything first and the chains stole all the good ideas from him are a little wearing at times; then again, I can appreciate arrogance if it's justified and judging by his level of success both with bookstores and his book, obviously the guy knows what he's doing, so listen to him. Written passionately and optimistically, if nothing else this book will bolster your faith in indie bookstores and get you ready to do it yourself.
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Very enlightening book about the bookselling industry and the giant chain stores. This is a must read for indie store owners, not just booksellers.
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...you'll still enjoy this book. Laties discusses the numerous bookstores he's run or co-run, and I found the inner workings of the book business to be extremely interesting. The tips and techniques explored in Rebel Bookseller could carry over into any industry really, but it's exciting to hear how some were developed and implemented by Laties, and the successes or failures they produced. I highly recommend this title.
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I rarely read a book all the way through as quickly as I did with this one.
I own a bookstore chain, and I have had such trouble trying to find quality literature about the art of selling books. This isn't a textbook about the book business, but it definitely helps a fledgling bookstore owner by giving a real account of a life in the trade.
If I were to rate the book purely of its own merit, I would give it 4 stars. This is really because they book has more stories than business advice about the book trade.
I give it 5 stars, however, because it in the most enthralling read I've found about the day-to-day life of a used book seller.

I highly recommend!
Thank you, Mr. Laties, for this work.
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