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Being Both a Blogger and Bookstore Owner

After 35 years in the Christian bookstore business, two years ago when my blog started hitting significant numbers, I was suddenly offered more free books as a cog in the promotional machinery than I ever received as part of the retail machinery.  While I appreciate the current state of things, I don’t believe it’s right that so many of the frontliners who can make or break a title are cut out of the promotional process.

When I am offered a book, I ask two questions

  • Is this a book I want to keep in my library?
  • Is this a book I will order or have ordered for the store?

If I’m not going to keep it, and not going to sell it, then it doesn’t get reviewed.

After reviews appear at Thinking Out Loud — some of which are copied here, too — I usually place it on a part of our store blog where customers can find them all in one place. (Actually our former website address now rolls into the home page of the blog, which is much easier to update and make changes to.) Click the link and let me know what you think.

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  1. September 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    The timing on this post was rather bizarre, given the book review which immediately followed it.

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