The Upper West Side Strand is Open!

The Upper West Side Strand is Open!

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Strand on the Upper West Side is open for business!  The doors opened this week for book lovers to come and enjoy the location. With a mask on of course. Image via ShelfAwareness  The new location used to be home to Book Culture, until it closed back in February. The store started to face hardships back in June 2019 due to financial issues. The owner, Chris Doeblin, did his best to raise money to keep the store open, but in the end his attempts backfired when he was sued by his business partner Rick MacArthur for misleading customers. So, the …

The Pandemic May Turn Publishing on Its Head

The Pandemic May Turn Publishing on Its Head

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The world has been rocked by the coronavirus, and people are being forced to stay indoors to prevent the spread. Businesses have been forced to shut down, and Amazon has put priority items on top of their delivery lists. Books have taken a back seat on Amazon until the end of April, and The Strand and Barnes and Noble along with hundreds of other bookstores across the country have closed until further notice, but what does that mean for book publishers? Image via SimonOwens Right now the e-book and digital audiobook companies are doing well in keeping readers reading. However, …

Strand Bookstore Shuts Due to Corona Virus

Strand Bookstore Shuts Due to Corona Virus

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In the midst of the pandemic, a lot of workers are unfortunately being laid off, and Strand Bookstore, unfortunately, is no exception. The store closed its doors last week, until further notice. Now, due to the closure, and the unknown of how long this pandemic will last, the store had to lay off about 188 of their workers. Image via Gothamist The lay off is hopefully temporary, and the workers did get paid last week, but considering the store is independent, and has no money coming in right now, the store had no choice. When things are back to normal, …

Strand is Coming to the Upper West Side!

Strand is Coming to the Upper West Side!

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If you’re a New Yorker that loves books than you know what a landmark the Strand Bookstore is. The store opened in 1927 on a fourth avenue block, then called Book Row, which held forty-eight bookstores. The owner and creator, Ben Bass, was only twenty-five when he started the store. He wanted the store to be a place where book lovers and writers could come together, so he named the store after the street in London where writers such like Dickens went to gather. It was in Greenwich Village and at first it was place for writers to sell their …