Book Business

Triangle flush with independent booksellers

Lots in the news about bookstores recently. However, we feel there’s a positive story with bookselling today. It’s our belief that the activity of reading remains strong, it’s continuing to branch out and that the diversity of formats is a sign of strength. We’d like to reassure the local reading community of the continuing vitality of the written word.  We feel for the many great booksellers who will be out of work from the Borders store closings in Chapel Hill, Cary, Raleigh, Apex and Greensboro but we hope that readers recognize the Triangle is flush with strong independent booksellers like The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, Flyleaf in Chapel Hill and McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro.  Not only do these local bookstores foster relationships based on reading, with hundreds of author events and discussion forums on many topics, but they also foster economic relationships with local schools and other locally-owned businesses.  If you’d like to read more about how independent businesses positively impact local economies, read more about the Indie City Index study that the American Booksellers Association recently commissioned.

Thanks for reading with us.  We appreciate your business.

Reading Matters!

Flyleaf Books

Sarah Carr, Land Arnold, Jamie Fiocco & Crew

Flyleaf Books (broadcast 12-14-2009) is the newest independent bookstore to open in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area.  Listen in as the owners tell us about what made them decide to take this adventure, what it took to make it happen and what special things we can expect to find when we come in the door.  Find out more at http://flyleaf.indiebound.com/

Soleil Bookbindery with Susan Soleil, Master Bookbinder (broadcast 5-17-2010)  Susan takes us deeper into the fine art of book conservation and restoration.  Find out more at http://www.thesoleilbookbindery.com/

The Soleil Bookbindery owner Susan Soleil.  (broadcast 11-30-2009) Master Bookbinder, Susan Soleil, introduces us to what it takes to maintain the physical aspect of what so many of us hold dear, the feel of a favorite book in our hands.  With her we’ll explore how to take care of our books, what is involved in restoring a book that has suffered hard use and/or the ravages of time and how one studies to be a Master Bookbinder.  Find out more at http://www.thesoleilbookbindery.com/

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