Thursday, July 21, 2011

Building the Perfect Bookstore

So, what type of bookstore do you like? An enormous one where you can get lost for hours, or something small and intimate? New or used? General or specialized?

For me, while I want a bookstore with a large SF/F section, it doesn't have to be dedicated to the genre. (By large, I mean big enough to carry not just the most current books, but a midlist author's backlog. After all, if I stumble upon Book 3 in a series, I want to be able to get Books 1 and 2 first). Perhaps a mix of new and used books would best suit what I'm looking for. I want to be able to browse for as long as I want. I want comfy chairs, tables and outlets so I can work on my laptop, and a cafe where I can get tea and treats. Although free Internet would be nice, I might get more writing done without it. That's about it.

What would you change or add to this list?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

That sounds perfect! I'd add a coffee shop, too.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Make it a combination coffee shop/cafe, then!

raelynbarclay said...

My favorite bookstore is Powell's in the Pacific NW. They have the brick and mortar storefronts, an online presence, sell new and used and e-book, and are large enough to satisfy a multitude of tastes while maintaining that small independent feel.

My only addition would be a coffee shop/cafe but in their defense there's probably a Starbucks within spitting distance of the storefronts, LOL

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Raelyn, I've heard of Powell's, but I've never had the chance to visit. Maybe someday.

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