David Finkle: Easy Reader: Tote That Book and All the Other BookExpo America Giveaways

New York City–The most interesting piece of anecdotal information I picked up at this year’s BookExpo America was from Paul Oliver in the Soho Press booth. Director of marketing and publicity Oliver was born and raised in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where he eventually ran an independent bookstore that closed in 2010. He’d left in 2009 but remained interested in an enterprise he’d co-founded.
When I heard his brief bio, I figured he’d cry the blues over the fate of the indies. Quite the opposite. Now in publishing–“the second best thing” after owning a book shop, he said–he happily reported that indies seem to be doing better. Orders from them have been up at his pubbery in the past year.
Good news, indeed, if that’s widely the case.

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