Who’s Afraid of Self-Publishing? I Am!

Self-publishing is an exercise in: “How much do you want it?”   Do you want it enough to hand-wrap so many books you want to scream and make twice-weekly trips to the post office to ship out books during holiday season? Do you want it enough to keep up with […]

Give a Book! … and a Hashtag

Penguin is one of my favorite publishers: They produce beautiful editions of classic books. (Those clothbound covers that you see at Church Street in my Daily South picture? Those are Penguin books.) They have an amazing bookmobile that travels around NYC. And their mascot is a penguin. Come on — […]

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Sugar & Spice: Colbert Fights Amazon with Sweetness #9

Imagine something awesome getting even more awesome. Like an adorable puppy that drags home a bag full of $100 bills, a new Vespa that comes complete with a barista who serves you cappuccinos from the sidecar, or a really hot guy who brings you a pre-release copy of the new […]

What’s Harry Potter up to? J.K. Rowling Fills Us in.

Every morning these days, Facebook tells me “what’s trending.” Normally, it’s stuff like, “Zac Efron, Michelle Rodriguez kiss, pack on the PDA during Italian getaway,” and I don’t really care. (That’s a real headline, by the way.) Today, though, the feed caught my attention, because it announced that J.K. Rowling […]

Snow Stories: Books to Read when You’re Trapped inside

  Judging from the conversation with our customers at the coffee shop this morning, Alabamians crossed the line from snowed in to stir crazy sometime in the last day or so. What to do when you’ve exhausted the kid-friendly Netflix and need a break from family time? The answer, of […]

Do Reading Resolutions Make Us Hate Books?

I’m the kind of person who makes ridiculous resolutions. (Like vowing to shop only at locally owned Alabama stores for a year and blogging about it. Or spending as little money as possible for three months and blogging about it. Or writing a novel in a month and blogging … […]

Is It Lame to Give Books for Christmas? Sometimes.

Let’s face it: Sometimes a book is a really lame gift. Books can be boring; they can be preachy or judgmental. Self-help books that are really thinly veiled hints rarely make good presents — unless you’re a Grinch or a super-mean person, don’t give anyone a copy of He’s Just […]

Book Review: Heads in Beds

Reading Heads in Beds is like getting a drink with your most smart, funny, cynical co-worker. You know, the one who takes the bland, soul-sucking parts of your day and turns them into hilarious anecdotes that make your struggles sound epic and interesting? The book is technically about the hotel […]

Tell Me Your Troubles

This week, several people sent me this great article on why booksellers matter, even in a world of online buying. It’s a good, short read, and I take it as a great compliment that our Church Street customers think of me that way. It also happens to be true. Yesterday, […]

Being a Hero Is Easier Than You Think

News broke this week that Barnes and Noble is closing a third of their brick-and-mortar stores. I know the idea of losing more bookshops is upsetting to a lot of people (I know because they’ve told me, and because my Twitter feed blew up with the news), and their sadness […]

Buy a Kobo, Save the World? Hey, Maybe!

So, here’s the thing: In the fight to keep people reading, and to make sure there continue to be good books to read, the forces of evil are against us. Amazon’s business practices are so dastardly that sometimes it seems like the company exists solely to destroy literature (not true […]