Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Indie bookstores recommend Lost in Lexicon

Independent bookstore owners have done Lost in Lexicon a great honor by recommending it in the Indiebound winter Kids' Next list, a newsletter for independent bookstores and their customers. With luck, this means that bookstores will stock the book and customers will ask for it.

Here's the blurb:

“This is an absolutely fantastic book, a necessary read for both children and adults! Whether you have trouble with either language or math, the writing is clear and makes the presentations simple for anyone to follow. No matter if you like words or numbers better, this book is highly recommended and will leave you with better understanding of concepts and of yourself!”

—Tiffany Stone, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI

So let's now raise a holiday toast to independent bookstores. Cozy, friendly and personal, they're a core asset for any community. Where else can you go to get recommendations from someone who knows you, knows your family, knows books, and will let you page through a copy to get a sense of a book's flavor?

Independent bookstores face huge challenges from chain bookstores and online bookstores. One bookstore owner told me she couldn't stock the last Harry Potter book because competition from Amazon meant she'd have to sell every copy at a loss. To survive, small independents have to be creative and welcoming so they can win the loyalty and affection of their customers.

So I urge you all, visit and adopt a small bookstore today! And if any of you happen to wander into Schuler Books and Music in Okemos, Michigan, ask for Tiffany Stone and give her a hug from me!

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