Bookspot of the Week: Buchhandlung Lüders

Bookspot of the Week: Buchhandlung Lüders

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Welcome back to another Bookspot of the Week, where we connect with outstanding bookstores in order to share their businesses and satisfy your craving for bookstore gems. This week we spoke with Ragna Lüders, the owner of a bookstore in Germany whose shop won the Hamburg Bookstore Prize in 2016, as well as the German Bookstore Prize from 2017 to 2019: Buchhandlung Lüders. Let’s take a little trip to Hamburg and jump in on all the bookish buzz!     How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality? My father opened the bookstore almost sixty-five years ago so it …

Bookspot of the Week: Gertrude and Alice Cafe Bookstore

Bookspot of the Week: Gertrude and Alice Cafe Bookstore

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What’s more perfect then finding a book or books you want to read and starting them before you even leave the store? To sit at a cafe with a book is the ideal environment for us book lovers out there. For this week’s bookspot we are going all the way down under to Australia. We spoke to Jane Turner of Gertrude and Alice Cafe, located on 46 Hall Street, Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Australia.      How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality? In 2000, Katerina Cosgrove (co-founder) and I decided we wanted to open a cafe bookstore. It …

Has Amazon Changed Our Book-Buying Expectations?

Has Amazon Changed Our Book-Buying Expectations?

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Last week, Frugal Bookstore, a Black-owned independent bookstore in Boston send the following email to their costumers: Images via twitter In short, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and the growing sales in books on anti-racism, this bookstore received around twenty thousand orders on the same couple of titles. But because of the time it took them to sort through this inordinate amount of orders, customers started to lose their patience and sending angry emails demanding refunds and calling out their “bad customer service.” These demands are not only ironic, but they also very unrealistic. While this …