Indie Bookstores Charge for Readings

June 21, 2011 | 1

A number of indie book stores, squeezed by patrons using their shelves only for research into later online purchases, are starting to charge admission for in-store readings and events, the New York Times reports.

is a staff writer for The Millions and a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Salon, and The Economist. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, December, The Southampton Review, and The Cortland Review. His debut novel, Blithedale Canyon, is due out from Regal House in June, 2022

One comment:

  1. I know that bookstores are suffering greatly because of eBooks. We need to help them as much as we could if we would like them to survive. I also understand the urgency that bookstores have to make money wherever they could to try to make up for all their losses. However I think most of the people that are attracted and come to bookstore events and book signings are people that support the stores already. Would this turn people from buying books from a store that changing for every small event they offer?

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