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For years queer bookstores have served as community centers for members of the LGBTQ+ community to meet and discuss literature, films and other art forms in a safe space created just for them. Now, as more queer writers produce more and more queer literature, these bookshops remain a place to gather and find a community for members of the community and allies alike all around the world.
Opening in 1797, Gay’s the Word has hosted the Lesbian Discussion Group and the Gay Black Group for years. Located in Central London’s Bloomsbury, this shop continues its mission of inclusion and discussion. The catchy name comes from a 1951 West End musical produced by Ivor Novello and Alan Melville.
Located in the heart of Paris’ queer neighborhood is Les Mots à la Bouche. This book shop (roughly translating to “at the tip of the tongue”) focuses on archival material. In addition to its large selection of current fiction and nonfiction, Les Mots à la Bouche also houses historical relics including comics, DVDs and magazines. Tourists rejoice as many of these relics are offered in English so Americans on a queer lit holiday may rejoice in these relics with their French counterparts.
Located in the central Schöneberg area, Berlin’s resident queer bookshop was opened in 1978 as a way to make queer literature and content commonplace in Berlin’s book scene. After three moves and a constantly growing collection, the center now prides itself on its extensive collection of fiction, zines, autobiographies, and films that serves as the center of Germany’s queer scene.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
On August 1st Dead Tree Books tweeted out:
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!
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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.
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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