"reminiscent of the christening scene in ‘The Godfather’": a round-up of responses to President Obama’s Amazon speech

Shelf Awareness on Tuesday ran several letters to Obama from several independent booksellers and bookseller associations and today, a quote from Ann Patchett’s Wall Street Journal  op-ed: "the good news is that, as consumers, we are free…to decide the fate of bookstores, and of literature itself, with every book we buy."

Publishers Weekly reports here.

And Jeremy Greenfield at Digital Book World says everyone is doing it all wrong.


As an independent bookseller, I’m really disappointed about this. Indies need all the help they can get these days, and to have a community like Goodreads fall into the corporate hands of a small-business-crusher like Amazon…

We’re losing allies by the day. I can only hope that loyal readers will vote with their dollars to keep local bookstores in business. 

(I also posted this on Goodreads. It’s likely to be my final post there, as news of the sale has made me want to jump ship.)


“I don’t mind being out front telling people, ‘Hey, if you care about having a bookstore in your community, guess what? You have to buy books there. It helps the tax base, it creates jobs. We’re not just a showroom for Amazon.’ ”

Ann Patchett quoted by John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, California, USA), May 8, 2012.

Obviously, we love this. Some of our favorite local indies are Elliott Bay Book Company, Spine & Crown, Third Place Books, and Wessel and Lieberman

Also, did you know we’re fundraising outside of Kickstarter this year so we didn’t have to give a share to Amazon?

(via wordpainting)

Today in Stuff #2

For your Friday reading pleasure, here are a couple of the things the APRIL crew dug up/dug in the last few days.

- Comics genius Lisa Hanawalt’s review of “War Horse” is probably the best movie review ever.

- Black Ocean's Janaka Stucky has an excellent essay on the future of the bookstore up at Poetry Foundation. A pertinent selection:

…if what you want to do is promote a love for reading and the books you love to read, then you can begin transforming your store into a valuable resource for other people who share your passion.

(via GalleyCat)

- H.L. Mencken gives some grim advice to an aspiring journal editor at Letters of Note.

That’s what we’ve got for now. If you’re going out on the town this weekend, why not listen to the original “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” now with more masculine outrage!

Oh, and be sure to check out our Kickstarter if you haven’t already. Some amazing authors are just itching to write a post with your name as their muse.