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"Laties is a bitter, bitter man. He rails endlessly against book superstores and skewers publishers for allowing the giant retailers to dictate the new tenets of big book business, but, as he writes in his introduction, he's 'accused no one of illegal activity.' For 20 years, he's owned and operated independent children's bookstores in Chicago, and, in this book, shares much of what he's learned so, as the subtitle suggests, indie booksellers can not only survive, but, perhaps, thrive. However, he admits, much of his experience is irrelevant: 'I can tell anecdotes about what we did. Unfortunately, none of those approaches will work again, because they've been ripped off by chain stores. You'll have to do something completely new.' What he focuses on (and often distills into acronyms) are sound principles that apply to nearly any business: ADA (adapt, don't adopt), SMOWS (sell more of what's selling), the perennially obvious BLSH (buy low, sell high) and, naturally, be creative. The book alternates chapters between educational anecdotes and vitriolic rants, and though both are easy reading, the rants are where most of the fun (and dirt and tough-love business advice) is. Entertaining and heavy with Laties' experiences, his from-the-trenches account is a must-read for anyone considering opening an indie book shop." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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lupabitch, July 14, 2008 (view all comments by lupabitch)
"How the author improvised his own indie store and beat back the chains" would have been a more accurate subtitle for this book. It's a good book, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting something more how-to, DIY.

Instead, what we have here is a detailed biographical account of how Andrew Laties managed to take an indie book store and innovate numerous wonderful promotional and management ideas to keep it going despite the spreading plague of chains. Amid the anecdotes, he adds in crucial and often maddening information about the realities of the publishing industries and its flaws. It's heartening to see someone who beat the system for so long.

That being said, there's really not much here for brainstorming. There's a lot about what the author did, but if you're looking for a book of ideas to try, this isn't it. I see it more as an inspirational text, a rallying cry. It's good; just don't listen to the subtitle as it is.
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ISBN:
9780975276341
Subtitle:
Why Indie Businesses Represent Everything You Want to Fight For -- From Free Speech to Buying Local to Building Communities
Author:
Laties, Andrew
Publisher:
Vox Pop
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Industries - Retailing
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Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.10x5.08x.92 in. .81 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Laties is a bitter, bitter man. He rails endlessly against book superstores and skewers publishers for allowing the giant retailers to dictate the new tenets of big book business, but, as he writes in his introduction, he's 'accused no one of illegal activity.' For 20 years, he's owned and operated independent children's bookstores in Chicago, and, in this book, shares much of what he's learned so, as the subtitle suggests, indie booksellers can not only survive, but, perhaps, thrive. However, he admits, much of his experience is irrelevant: 'I can tell anecdotes about what we did. Unfortunately, none of those approaches will work again, because they've been ripped off by chain stores. You'll have to do something completely new.' What he focuses on (and often distills into acronyms) are sound principles that apply to nearly any business: ADA (adapt, don't adopt), SMOWS (sell more of what's selling), the perennially obvious BLSH (buy low, sell high) and, naturally, be creative. The book alternates chapters between educational anecdotes and vitriolic rants, and though both are easy reading, the rants are where most of the fun (and dirt and tough-love business advice) is. Entertaining and heavy with Laties' experiences, his from-the-trenches account is a must-read for anyone considering opening an indie book shop." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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