"What people come in and ask for is really what I focus on more than what's in a catalogue," said Furrer. An example is One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus, which was published more than a decade ago. The book was not stocked at the store until "somebody came in and asked for it," said Furrer. "Now we're going through stacks of them."Furrer has also been heavily promoting a novel she loves, Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr., and says she has sold 125 copies since June.
The indies are the only thing standing between Barnes and Noble and Amazon having full control of the publishing industry. These giant corporations already make far too many decisions about what we get to read, and what scares me the most is that the majority of people don't understand that. B&N in particular has a scary amount of power. They dictate what covers should look like (by refusing to buy a book unless they get what they want). Their choice whether to buy a book or not can destroy an author's career - get sequels cancelled, contracts nullified....An interesting thought, but Pudd'nhead is still trying to draw customers in the old-fashioned way, by organizing book clubs and events with best-selling authors like Jennifer Weiner, and by offering visitors coffee, comfy chairs, a generous buy-back/resell program and chocolates from the sublime Kakao (the reigning Best Chocolate in St. Louis).
And Amazon...well, I think before long it will be Amazon and the indies. People are too spoiled by sitting in their houses and clicking to get things. What I don't think they realize is that once Amazon has eaten everything in their path, those awesome prices they're enjoying? History....
So that's a long way of saying something simple: I think indie booksellers help preserve the integrity of publishing.
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