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August 12th, 2011


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02:32 pm - Oh, yes.

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(19 comments | Speak, or forever hold your peace)

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From:twilyght
Date:August 12th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Sigh.

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From:mycroftca
Date:August 12th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
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No argument.

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From:yechezkiel
Date:August 12th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm wondering if the close of Borders (and, likely eventually, Barnes and Noble) will leave space for smaller bookshop operations with more knowledgeable staff who are more responsive to customer needs. The problem with Borders and B&N is that they offer me nothing more and a lot less in other ways, than Amazon.com. You have to differentiate yourself from the online retailer to win out. Indie record shops do this; will there be indie bookshops that can do the same?
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 12th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Terrific point, and I've been hearing talk in this very vein for the last several weeks. I could see specialty SF bookstores or mystery bookstores or romance bookstores being able to survive, though probably in low-rent districts rather than at expensive malls. I also very much agree that the megabookstores haven't offered me as much of what I want as does Amazon, which was one reason that I went from buying six or eight books at month at Borders at peak, to six or eight a year. I blame (and blamed at the time) their corporate purchasing systems, instead of local purchasers buying based on knowledge of local tastes. But I've been through that argument before, and clearly, I was right, and Borders was wrong. But I digress...

From:dewline
Date:August 13th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
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I'm not convinced that such niche stores will be confined forever to low-rent districts. I'm looking at Bakka-Phoenix Books, a speculative-fiction shop in Toronto, in particular when I say this.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
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I hope you're right.
From:dewline
Date:August 12th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
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There are general-interest indie bookstores that do this now. I can name at least two such here in Ottawa right off. Others are specializing in specific niches.
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From:yechezkiel
Date:August 13th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
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Sorry, I didn't mean to say that there aren't any, but they aren't as common as record shops. Most mid-sized cities in the US will have a record shop or two, but the bookstores are rarer.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
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Here, record shops are really rare.

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From:yechezkiel
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
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I've wondered what the problems in LA are with specialty retail--you aren't the first person I've heard complain about this. It can't just be lease costs, because then you wouldn't see it in NYC, Boston or SF.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 13th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
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It might be urban sprawl, coupled with large local tax issues.

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From:mycroftca
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
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Yes, but they are rare and few in the Los Angeles area.
From:dewline
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
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True, but at least our respective cities have something to build upon.
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 13th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Considering that this is the town that USED to have A Change of Hobbit, but it closed due to rising rents, and dropping profit margins, I'm not sure that there's a foundation to build on.

From:siliconshaman
Date:August 13th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
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No worries.. it'll live on in Fanfic!
and then 20 years later, when post production is cheaper, they'll make a series of movies, and ultimately it'll spawn several new Tv series loosely based in the same universe, but set years after the original one.

Then JJ Adamas will do a movie reboot and kill it.

Edited at 2011-08-13 12:04 am (UTC)
From:dewline
Date:August 13th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
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And the same for DC Universe version 3(c.1985-2011) as for Eureka?
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
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Let's not go there.

From:dewline
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
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I hear that. :-(
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 13th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
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*Snicker*.

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