The documentary The Booksellers argues that independent bookstores are more vital than ever in the digital age.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a well-placed cover really ups your social media game.
Cartoonist Bob Eckstein illustrated 75 of the world’s most beautiful, strange, and beloved local bookstores, many of which are in danger of closing.
McNally Jackson, one of New York City’s marquee independent bookstores, is venturing into art with a new shop devoted to prints, editions, posters, art and artists’ books.
The Rizzoli Bookstore is now closed. I was there for the final minutes last Friday, along with the rest of the staff. We stood outside the building on West 57th street drinking champagne, smoking cigarettes, staring at the hired guns sent by the LeFrak family and Vornado Realty to start boarding us up at 7:30pm sharp.
“There are too many good bookstores in Brooklyn,” Bob Contant said. Contant is one of two co-owners of St. Mark’s Bookshop, the embattled last independent bookstore standing in the East Village. He was explaining to me why he wouldn’t consider a move to what’s generally deemed New York’s most literary borough.
The commercial arena for books, though less in tune with the sensibilities of tycoons and autocrats than the world of art, is nonetheless defined by a manichean struggle pitting independent publishers and booksellers against retail and publishing conglomerates.
France has passed a law meant to protect independent bookstores and stop the monolith of Amazon from taking over book sales in the country.
Of New York’s 8 million people, some 1.9 million speak Spanish at home. That’s almost a quarter of the inhabitants (all figures based on the 2008 census). And trends here reflect a larger one: the US is now home to the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, after Mexico.
It’s actually been going on for about two years, but like many visitors to the Artists Space gallery prior to May 2012, you may not have noticed the bookshop project. Now that it’s been placed right inside the entrance of the organization’s new event space at 55 Walker Street in Tribeca, it’s impossible to miss the lengths of shelving that line the walls around you.