Saturday, November 26, 2011
Since my last visit, at least three years ago, the store has upgraded their computer system. They use Booklog, which is similar enough to IBID for me to look things up, though I was continually tripped up by the order of the database--IBID is ISBN and then title, whereas Booklog is title then ISBN. One nice breakthrough for a shelver (like me) is that the second-hand books are now in their database.
If you live in the Phoenix area or have family within 50 miles of the store, I am now going to list five reasons why you should visit:
5) I prefer something delicious nearby, and Changing Hands has a pass through to Wildflower Bread Company. I didn't get to eat their this time, but I'm very hot on the roasted sweet potato sandwich with mozzarella, fig confit and balsamic.
Oh, and I LOVE their website. But you don't have to get on a plane to experience it.
In the end, I had hardly enough time to say hi to everyone, share ideas, and help some booksellers. I still fondly recall the query I had several years ago: "What would you sell to someone who liked true crime, being that we don't have a true crime section?"
Feel free to drop by Boswell and spring something like that on me.
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 7:51 PM