Vermont Bookshops ~ Sale at The Country Bookshop! ~ July 3-13, 2014

From Ben Koenig at The Country Bookshop:

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Dear friends, neighbors, customers, and colleagues,

Should you find yourself near Plainfield, Vermont over the next 10 days, you
might want to visit The Country Bookshop. We haven’t had a sale for awhile
but during these sale days we’ll be cutting almost everything in the shop by
half.

50% Off all books, old postcards, prints, vintage photographs, and other
paper collectibles. Even our Rare Books are half price.

If you’ve got summer guests, bring ‘em along. This is a great opportunity to
fill out your summer reading list or buy a unique gift for someone special
[including yourself!].

Paperback fiction for 48 cents! Hardback mysteries for $1.48! Ten dollar
books for five and thousand dollar books for five hundred. So many subjects,
wonderful prices and so little time.

Consigned books are 20% off. And new CD’s are already priced too low to
discount. But we’ve got over 50,000 sale books awaiting you in Plainfield.
And we can offer you one of the best old-fashioned rural browsing
experiences in existence today. [Say it fast if you can.]

What: A Half Price Sale.
When: Starting Friday, July, 4th. Ending Sunday, July 13th.
Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week.
Where: The Country Bookshop.
Address: 35 Mill Street, Plainfield, VT 05667.
Phone: (802) 454-8439
Email: bookshop@TheCountryBookshop.com

And, by the way, if you can’t make it to the shop, have yourself a great
holiday.

Ben Koenig

c2014 VABA

VABA 2014-15 brochure available online!

For more than thirty years, almost since its inception, the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association has issued a printed guide to member shops. Available throughout the state at member bookshops, chamber of commerce displays and welcome centers, the VABA Brochure, as it is called, has been very popular with native Vermonters and tourists looking for collectible and hard-to-find books

The VABA Brochure is still being published on an annual basis. You can pick up a copy at any member bookshop, or have one mailed to you, free of charge, by contacting Joseph Trenn, the Book Shed, Lake Road, Benson VT 05731. Joe’s phone number is (802) 537-2190, and his email address is bookshed@shoreham.net.

We are pleased to include a PDF of the VABA Brochure here, on the official VABA website. Click on the link below to open and/or download the latest edition. The file will open in most browsers. If you have the Adobe PDF Reader on your computer, you can also right click on the above link and save the file to your computer for offline reading and printing.

http://www.vermontisbookcountry.com/pdfs/brochure.pdf

 

The Future of Books

There has been a lot of discussion about the future of printed books. Since the advent of Amazon’s Kindle, the market for “e-books” has risen steadily, if not explosively. Some say that it will be the end of the printed book. I disagree.

The market for books is changing. But, the market is always changing. In today’s world, to operate your business the same as you did just six months ago may be the kiss of death for your livelihood. We booksellers today are faced with unprecedented market competition on one side and ever-rising overhead on the other side. What will happen?

I would like to offer up some of my ideas about where books and the business of selling them is headed. I have always been a great fan of Alvin Toffler and Thomas Friedman, two writers whom I would label as futurists. A futurist looks around the world as it is, then tries to predict what the world will become. Maybe I am a futurist of sorts too. So, here goes.

There will always be a demand for printed books. Especially those printed before the digital age, and especially those for whom there is a limited audience. Almost without exception, these will be scholarly works of nonfiction. Classic literature and popular works of any age will be available in a digitized format. Eventually, all books, fiction and nonfiction will be released in a digital version. However, there will still be room for the printed book. And there are still millions of printed books out there which will never be converted to a digital format.

Unless they rethink their business model. the large publishing houses will eventually wither and die for lack of demand for printed books. In order to survive, they will have to split their parent company apart into specialized houses serving a particular subject area. There will also be more companies specializing in better quality books. They will offer books with more durable bindings than is the case in today’s mass market world, where a book binding falls apart after one read. There will be more  better-quality books available. The mass-market paperbacks will still be be printed by the specialty houses, but in smaller runs.

There are some people like myself, for whom the feel of holding a book is part of the reading experience. Most of the younger folks who grow up using an electronic reading device may not be able to understand this, but I bet that there will be more and more converts going to the printed book for it’s feel of permanence, if nothing else. Yes, a printed book is, for most intents and purposes, permanent. Does anyone remember seeing Thomas Jefferson’s Kindle? And thankfully, Plato or Shakespeare did not save to a hard drive or to the internet cloud.

Technology itself is the Achilles Heel of the electronic book. Today, you may have purchased several hundred books for your electronic library. However, your reading device can only hold a few at a time. The rest are kept in that electronic limbo called the cloud. If you disable your reading device by dropping it, leave it on the roof of your car as you speed off to work, drop it in the water or fill it with sand at the beach, or the battery is drained, you will have what amounts to an expensive paperweight. And you will be unable to read any of your books until your device is repaired or replaced. True, a book will not emerge unscathed from such treatment either, but it will most likely survive in a readable condition. Last, but not least, your e-book is yours and yours alone. You cannot sell it to anyone else, and you cannot take it to a bookseller to sell or get trade-in credit. You are stuck with it. You can’t even donate it to the local library for a tax deduction.

The electronic reading devices themselves are still evolving. I have looked at some of the reviews for various devices and have read about the litany of problems of the devices themselves: Battery life, battery charging problems, problems connecting to the internet and other devices, delicate screens and other hardware as well as cranky software which cannot be repaired by the user. The e-reader is just one more device needing constant maintainance in today’s electronic world.

So, I think that even though digital books are a major presence in our world, booksellers should take heart. The printed book will outlast any form of electronic media, and is in no danger of extinction.

Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association ~ Spring Book & Ephemera Fair ~ March 23, 2014

Vermont Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair

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Attention all Book Lovers!

The VABA Spring Book Fair will be held on March 23rd from 10-4 at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Rare and unusual books, postcards, maps and ephemera will be available from 30+ New England dealers. From Nancy Drew to books from the 1600s, stock certificates from the 1800s to postcards from the 1900s, there is something for every interest and price range. Some local historical groups and bookbinders will have displays as well.

Admission is only $5.

For more information check out the VABA website:
http://www.VermontIsBookCountry.com

Details:

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm
Sheraton Hotel
870 Williston Road
South Burlington, Vermont

Directions: The Sheraton Hotel is just off Interstate 89, Exit 14W. Please call if you need more information: books [at] TheEloquentPage [dot] com or 802-527-7243.

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The Book Shed Outpost ~ Books are a-Happening in Benson Vermont! – and Tacos too!

By Joe Trenn, The Book Shed

From New York to Los Angeles through London, Moscow and Tokyo, pop-up stores have become the new big thing in retail. This summer the phenomenon comes to Rutland County when Benson gets it first pop-up store, The Book Shed Outpost.

Joe Trenn at The Book Shed

 

Open most weekends (weather permitting) in July and August and possibly through the fall foliage season the Outpost will be located next to West Coast Tacos on the corner of Route 22A and Mill Pond Rd. A wide assortment of books reflective of the stock available at the original Book Shed will be carried as well as a variety of discount books. The Book Shed, Rutland County’s oldest used book store, has been operating for 17 years in the village of Benson. According to the owner, Joseph Trenn, his biggest difficulty is in getting travelers to make the turn from 22A and drive the 3/4 of a mile to his location in the village. He is hoping that the conveniently located Outpost will help remedy that.

West Coast Tacos, an LA inspired taco stand, was opened this spring by Jan and Tim Bird of Benson just a few miles from New England’s west coast, the shores of Lake Champlain. The yellow corn tortillas for their various tacos and burritos are cooked on site. They offer a signature nine inch corn tortilla which is custom made for them. Rounding out the menu are hand cut nachos, burritos and a delicious steak and cheese sandwich. As an authentic accompaniment to their food the Birds make every effort to carry a cane sugar variety of Coca-Cola made in Mexico (“Hecho en Mexico para refresco”) – the fabled “Mexican Coke” is what we all drank years ago before the advent of high fructose corn syrup. West Coast Tacos is open everyday from 11-8 pm. Phone is (802) 236-1018.

It is shaping up to be a busy summer on this corner of Benson seven miles north of U.S. Route 4 in Fair Haven.  Books and Tacos on a summer day? – who can resist!

The Book Shed
733 Lake Road
Benson VT 05731
802-537-2190
mail@thebookshed.com
http://www.thebookshed.com/

 West Coast Tacos
58 Mill Pond Rd., Benson, Vermont 05731
(802) 236-1018
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Coast-Tacos/555777621119229

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