So it was almost amusing that over the weekend, several conversations with customers veered between two extremes.
1. I have an ebook, I'm getting an ebook, or my favorite, they gave me an ebook and I didn't want one.
2. Why don't you open a store in my neighborhood/town? Yes, I really had one of these in the store and two of them at the Outpost/Our Milwaukee market at the Lakefront Brewery. Alas, it ain't happening. I did the multiverse, and I'm a one-location guy for the foreseeable future.
Not only do I not see every neighborhood having a bookstore in the future, I see less square footage devoted to books. And I'm being optimistic, compared to those prognosticators that claim to see the book as dead in five years. Here's a famous one from Nicholas Negroponte. Maybe true? The thing is about these is that nobody loses points for saying outrageous things that don't come true so you're always better off saying them than not.
Heck, you could get a column in the National Enquirer, like Jeanne Dixon. Or rather, the equivalent website. Besides, the world is ending in 2012 anyway.
Onto the nonfiction bestseller lists for the week.
1. The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, by Kelly Peloza.
A couple of folks from Outpost Natural Foods were oohing and ahhing over this book with me at the market. This is from our event last Sunday.
2. The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1
According to our customers, still hard to find. Reprints are coming. We've got stock but are selling out quickly.
3. Life, by Keith Richards
No one-week pop for this guy. Seems to be on a lot of holiday lists.
4. Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?, by Ina Garten
I'm told she has overtaken Rachael and Giada to be Potter's best-selling cookbook author.
5. Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff
The first of the awards roll in, as Schiff is top 10 New York Times Book Review. We have stock but we hear that stock issues are developing. Don't wait on this one.
6. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Great reads in the store and everywhere. Not everyone can follow up a Seabiscuit success in such a satisfying way. Good for her (and us, I guess).
7. To Bless the Space Between Us, by John O'Donohue.
Yes, it's almost three years old. And we figured out over the weekend what this pop was about, but I've already forgotten. No help on Twitter, but yes, you can follow this author.
8. Wisconsin's Own, by Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman.
I'm trying to figure out if the authors have any more upcoming events. I wish you could sort your search results by date posted, don't you? That would have also helped me with the O'Donohue. I guess I could email them, huh?
9. I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, by Lewis Black.
I think this was Jason's holiday book pick. They sure do release a lot of them. And even more in kids. I haven't been having luck selling them at offsites. Do folks worry about them not being readable in January? On the other hand, I've been getting a lot of reads on It's a Book and Children Make Terrible Pets. No surprise there.
10. The Gourmet Cookie Book, by Gourmet Magazine.
Should be on our list next week too. We already had a strong day with it on Sunday, and that's not including me selling out at the gift show.
For those folks looking for Glenn Murray and Daniel C. Goldie's (yes, that's almost my name) The Investment Answer, Hachette has gotten the rights to this book (no way Goldie's could fulfill the demand on this himself). It's got a pub date of 1/25, which means we could see it before Christmas. Yes, for some publishers, it means that's when it is coming, but Hachette is old school and gives that as a date for when it should be in all stores and the reviews should be scheduled. Alas, nobody really follows those guidelines anymore, but I think it's sweet!