Thursday, August 12, 2010

Please Support Your Mom-and-Pop Bookstores!

I often do book signings at locally-owned book stores, and I do them for many reasons.  For one thing, the owners are very personable, and they go out of their way to make you comfortable.  Plus they do boocoos' worth of advertising.

Secondly, they have a built-in audience.  People come there to browse and buy books.  The overall atmosphere is much more laid back than at a large corporation book store.

So one of the ways I "thank" the owners for having me is that I take half a dozen or so books I've read and no longer wish to keep, and I give them to the shop keepers.  It's free revenue for them, and a great chance to clean out my bookshelves!

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