Brick and Mortar

The perils of the midlist continue. While I was reading this midlist report [PDF ] from the Author’s Guild, TNH was reporting the closing of Avenue Victor Hugo Books.

TNH and her readers were put off by the whining. I was more confused than bothered - it’s not clear to me that publishers or chains have any effect on the used-book market. I don’t know how a used bookstore survived in the high-rent, high-price atmosphere of Newbury Street for as long as it did. As others have pointed out, the selection hasn’t been what it once was for few years now. I certainly haven’t had much luck in the sf section lately.

But like the bottom feeder of the publishing food chain that I am, I’ll be there on April 1st for the 50% off sale.

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