Before my debut novel GUESTLIST was actually a tangible object that people could purchase and read, I told everyone that it would be available at all the usual online book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s. (Hey, Powell’s, what the hell?)
But people asked, “Well, will it be available at [insert local bookstore]?”
“Oh, sure,” I said. “I’ve spoken with them, they pretty much said they’ll be ready when I’m ready.”
Turns out that hasn’t been the case.
You see, despite my being a local Brooklyn author and the claims of my neighborhood bookstores’ desires to support and showcase the work of local authors, I’ve been getting the run-around from damn near everyone.
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Tagged Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bed Stuy, Book Court, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Greenlight Bookstore, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Hanson Dry, Hue-Man Bookstore, Jay Fingers, Powell's, Word Brooklyn, You've Got Mail
Y’all already know, I do not like eBooks, I do not have an eReader. I do, however, have the Kindle app on my phone, so from time to time I will cop the occasional eBook, like Bernice L. McFadden’s Keeper of Keys or Writing Fiction For Dummies. The other day, I got another eBook: The New York Writers Workshop’s Portable MFA in Creative Writing. It is currently free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Hey, I may not like eBooks but even I recognize a good value when I see one. So sayeth Amazon:
Get the core knowledge of a prestigious MFA education without the tuition. Have you always wanted to get an MFA, but couldn’t because of the cost, time commitment, or admission requirements? Well now you can fulfill that dream.
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Tagged Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bernice L. McFadden, Brett Hardman, Keeper of Keys, Kindle, New York Writers Workshop's Portable MFA in Creative Writing, The New York Writers Workshop’s Portable MFA in Creative Writing, Writing Fiction For Dummies
Actress/writer/producer/superwoman Tina Fey will be discussing her new memoir, Bossypants, tonight at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.
The New Yorker editor David Remnick will also be in the building to interview the star, creator and resident genius of NBC’s award-winning comedy 30 Rock.
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Tagged 30 Rock, Barnes & Noble, Bossypants, David Remnick, NYC, The New Yorker, tina fey, Union Square
It was announced last month that Borders, the second largest bookstore chain in the country, filed for bankruptcy. HuffPo says that the struggling retailer’s “inability to garner significant online business and its near absence from the growing digital books market have made it difficult for Borders to compete with larger rival Barnes & Noble Inc and online retailer Amazon.com Inc.” As a result, over 200 Borders stores are closing.
Luckily for me, I live in New York City, the greatest city on earth. We’ve an impressive wealth of independent bookstores across the five boroughs—including my favorites Greenlight Books, Book Court and The Strand—so something like this doesn’t necessarily affect us.
Some of you may be fans of Borders, however, and perhaps your favorite location is closing. No worries. Below is a list of independent bookstores in close proximity to the NYC Borders locations that are being shuttered.