I am busy with the future of retail at the moment, hence no blog posts for the last few days, fortunately my bookshop will be closed tomorrow and I will be taking a well earned break.
Occasionally I get asked how and why my bookshop is still open when most largish general secondhand bookshops have closed, I guess the answer is twofold.
1 is maintaining a fairly high quality of stock.
2 is making sure that the majority of the books in the shop are cheaper than you can buy them online.
At the moment there is a bit of an online secondhand book battle going on between Ebay and Amazon with the price of an average reading paperback settling around £1.50.
This is around the cost of posting a paperback, which in itself raises some interesting problems.
Anyway I spent Monday and Tuesday taking every book off of the crime fiction shelves in the shop and checking the price against the online price, adjusting the price where applicable.
That’s about 30 shelves out of about 1,000 in all of my bookshop, about 30 books to a shelf so about 900 books, thank god for barcode readers.
Anyway I am working on the general fiction now, perhaps it would be just easier to match the online price at the till, who knows, at the moment we are sticking with putting a competitive price on the books and refusing to engage in haggling.