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Have You Seen The Biblio-Mat?

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The Monkey’s Paw bookstore has created and is using a machine that dispenses old books.  The Biblio-Mat is a coin-operated machine that allows readers to pay  with a $2 coin and receive a randomly selected book.  The Biblio-Mat was designed and constructed for the Monkey’s Paw by animator Craig Small.

This fun machine vibrates and make noises after being fed a coin.  When the book is delivered the buyer hears the ring of an old telephone bell.  What we want to know is how can our bookstores get their own copy of the Biblio-Mat?  Can you think of a way to use this fun idea to market your books?

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25 Things I’m Learning From Closing a Bookstore

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publishing blogSalon.com has a touching owner by bookstore owner “JL Sathre” that is both funny, touching and sad.  There are so few physical bookstores anymore that learning of another one closing is a bit painful.  JL does a good job of reducing the pain and including the humor.  She started this journey by writing an article titled “25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore”.  You can read the entire article at “25 Things I’m Learning From Closing a Bookstore“.

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Let’s Support Independent Bookstores

Tweeter Colleen Lindsay created a hashtag for Twitter “bkstoreluv” used to promote independent bookstores.  With the collapse of Borders there are precious few brick and mortar bookstores left and writers and readers want to promote those that are left.  Other tweeters joined Colleen in using the “bkstoreluv” hashtag and Media Bistro created a list “Best Indie Bookstores on Twitter” by compiling suggestions from users of the hashtag.  Visit Media Bistro to read the list for yourself.

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