The Anarchist Cookbook, First Printing | Side B
The Anarchist Cookbook, First Printing | Side A
Link: Books Without Borders
A bookseller recounts “My Life at the World’s Dumbest Bookstore Chain” – discovered by @Andrlik. In my youth I worked as a bookseller – at a large chain, then an indie. This story, told from the perspective of a former employee, tells the sad tale of one chain’s demise.
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It’s embarrassing now, but on the day that I was hired to work at Boston’s flagship Borders store in 1996, I was so happy that I danced around my apartment. After dropping out of college, I had worked a succession of crappy jobs: mall Easter Bunny, stock boy at Sears and Kmart and Walmart, a brief and nearly fatal stint as a landscaper. A job at Borders seemed to be a step, at long last, toward my ultimate goal of writing for a living. At least I would be working with books. And the scruffy Borders employees, in their jeans and band T-shirts, felt a lot closer to my ideal urban intellectuals than the stuffy Barnes & Noble employees with their oppressive dress code and lame vests.
The fact that Borders offered me a full-time job, which allowed me to quit two part-time jobs (at a Staples and a Stop & Shop) and offered health insurance (that promised to help pay for my impending wisdom tooth extraction), was a pretty big deal, too…
This post was originally created for @abcnewsradio and can be found here.
Max Brallier, author and marketing representative for St. Martin’s Press, discusses the future of digital publishing with ABC’s Dan Patterson. Brallier, author of Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse and the new Kindle-only Vatican Assassin Warlock, describes historic publishing models of marketing and distribution, then contrasts tradational methods with non-traditional digital publishing. While the mechanics of publishing have changed dramatically in the past decade, Brallier asserts that the creative process remains remarkably similar.