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Can You Resist Bookstores? No? Then These Memes Are For You!

We’re all book nerds here, so I’m sure I’m in good company. The only thing I love more than a good meme is a good bookstore. Why not combine the two? If you, like me, can’t control yourself in a bookstore, these memes are for you.



The best invite


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Yes. Yes I do. Also I have zero chill. Any self control I may usually use is just gone. Maybe I’m the only one, but if I even pass a bookstore in the street I have to be gently steered away, or sometimes physically dragged. The pure glee on her face really says it all. And those are good friends right there.



I know all I need to

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All books are queens, and you know it. Sure, I can spend eight plus hours just looking around, but do I need to? I already want them all. The only limit is how many books I can physically take home on the subway, and even that barrier doesn’t get a lot of respect. Sure, I’m sorry by the time I get home, but when I’m deciding, no one can stop me.



Ancient wisdom


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Sure, it’s three pm on a Tuesday, and I’m drinking bubble tea, but I think I still look mysterious and wise. The books are used. That means they’re old and dramatic, regardless of the particular facts. I may not have the mysterious potion or the rocking beard, but I’m not going to let that stop me.



I’ve put a lot of thought in, and decided


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Now you may ask, when are you going to read them? Where are they going to go in your apartment? These minor logistics aren’t my concern right now. I’ve read the backs, and I’ve decided the best book in the store is all of them. At once. Right now. No, I don’t take criticism.



Nothing can stop me accept…


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As long as I have blood plasma to sell, I have book money, but unfortunately most shops won’t take it directly. It’s dangerous to even go in, why did no one warn me? You did, and I ugly cried in the street until you caved? Agree to disagree. But I will be back.



Ready to investigate?


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These bookstores think they’re so clever. And they are. I mean, are those even mystery books? We don’t know. We’ll likely never know. Unless someone wants to go full Sherlock Holmes and get into the truth of this. Volunteers, please send an owl posthaste.



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San Antonians Save Local Bookstore From Closure

Dead Tree Books is a small bookstore located in San Antonio, Texas. It’s owned by Lisa and Kenneth Johnson, two book lovers who want nothing more than to provide novels and stories to others.

When interviewed by FOXSanAntonio, Lisa had this to say:

“We love the feel of [books], we love reading them, we love to immerse ourselves in them.”



And they want everyone to have an opportunity to feel that same love, so they sell their books at extremely discounted prices.  Paperbacks are $2, hardcovers $3, and children’s books are sold for just $1.

While great for customers, discounts this steep have proven detrimental to their business.

Lisa Johnson in Dead Tree Books

Lisa Johnson working in Dead Tree Books/Image via San Antonio Express-News


On July 31st Dead Tree Books tweeted out:




And the people of San Antonio came through by both visiting the store in person and through online orders.


The inside of Dead Tree BooksImage via San Antonio Express-News


On August 1st Dead Tree Books tweeted out:



The front of Dead Tree BooksImage via Rivard Report


Today Dead Tree Books is still open thanks to those who showed up and put effort into making a difference. However, Lisa and Kenneth aren’t totally out of the woods just yet.



On August 6th Dead Tree Books tweeted out:




If you are in the San Antonio area and are interested in visiting/supporting Dead Tree Books, you can learn more about them here! And if you livea nywhere else in the world, support the small businesses around you!





Featured image via San Antonio Current

Barnes and Noble’s New CEO and New Direction

Over the past decade, Barnes & Noble has suffered some pretty considerable losses. There have been 150 store closures, diminishing sales, and a one billion dollar loss on their Nook e-reader. Perhaps the most obvious reason for B&N’s crisis stems from the growing popularity of Amazon where readers can order books online cheaply with little to no struggle.

It’s for this reason that Barnes & Noble’s new CEO, James Daunt, is rethinking the way that his bookstores operate. Daunt’s background lies in indie-publishing, and, as the founder of Daunt Books, he has always focused on providing customers with an earnest book-buying experience. There is an undeniable charm about browsing the calm, book-lined walls of an indie-shop. This is the type of experience Daunt wants to bring to the major book selling company.


James Daunt

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In an interview with Quartz, Daunt said:

A good independent bookshop is something pretty special. It has personality and character, and that’s primarily driven by the people working in it, the booksellers. Also the manner in which they display their books, the amusement and serendipity of how they curate their shops.

Daunt is seeking to transform big bookstores into hubs of refuge for readers who have grown weary of online retail. “All that ‘If you read this, you’ll like that’—it’s a dismal way to recommend books,” Daunt told The Independent. “A physical bookshop in which you browse, see, hold, touch and feel books is the environment you want.”



Having physical spaces where books are disseminated is important to any literary community, and Barnes & Noble would be wise to use this to their advantage. However, just as Amazon hindered Barnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble  consistently harms the proliferation of independently run bookstores.  Whether or not Daunt’s new role as the CEO of Barnes & Noble is seen as a betrayal of his indie-roots, it will be interesting to see where he takes the company.



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The Owners Didn’t Want The Strand to Be Made into a Landmark. NYC Did It Anyway.

The famous Strand Bookstore has been declared a landmark by New York City, despite the owners; objections.


The Strand

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Located at 828 Broadway, at the corner of East 12th Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, the Strand Bookstore is two blocks south of Union Square. Opened in 1927 by Benjamin Bass as a small used bookstore on Fourth Avenue, the store was passed down to Fred, who passed it down to Nancy, the current owner.


Interior of The Strand-1

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The Strand has been around for decades while the rest of New York’s “Book Row” on Broadway and East 12th Street has disappeared and occupies a stunning 55,000 square feet while also employing 238 people. With the company’s slogan reading “18 Miles Of Books”, has been the cream of the crop when it comes to bookstores or book merchandise.


Interior of The Strand-2

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In fact, The New York Times wrote The Strand “the undisputed king of the city’s independent bookstores”.


Nancy Bass-Wyden

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Given its importance, it’s no surprise that city officials decided to grant the store landmark status, but it wasn’t an award in the shop’s owners’ eyesThe New York Post quotes Nancy Bass-Wyden, the owner of the Strand, as saying back in December during a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission that:

Landmarking our building will only make it that much harder for us to survive and pass our treasured family-owned business to [our] children, and hopefully to theirs.

Her reasoning is quite sound. When a building is given a landmark designation, the owners are then forced to use pricey historic materials when fixing and maintaining buildings, making it extremely difficult, expensive, and time consuming to pay for even the smallest of damages.


Interior of The Strand-3

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Now New York has declared the Strand an historical landmark despite objections from the shop owners.

Here’s their official statement made via Twitter.




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