Here’s one suggestion:
Long troubled by Amazon - which, by the way, should be forced to man up and pay sales tax just like the bricks and mortars sooner rather than later - the few cool bookstores left are now being battered by ebooks.One advantage physical bookstores have over virtual bookstores is this:
But there's one thing the independents can offer that cyberspace never will - author events. Book signings. Talks. Chances to sit in the same room with, or maybe even shoot the breeze with, your favorite writers.Wilson suggests that bookstores need to start charging for author events. One store in California, Kepler’s, already charges.
Attendees at many readings are charged a $10 gift card, which admits two. (If they buy the author's book, it's free.)As one person said: “"We're a business," the marketing manager of the Harvard Book Store told The New York Times. "We're not just an Amazon showroom."”
What do you think? Would you pay to hear an author speak? Would you only pay if it were a best-selling author? How about a new, local author?
P.S. Come back Saturday for another Mermaid Tale. I was asked when I planned to do another and I realized it’s been a year since I told a Tale.