Book selling and baseball. Two activities that make the world a better place in which to hang out.
Arsen will be sharing more info about Boulder Book Store’s Micro Distribution for authors, and we’ll be chatting with him about how book sellers and publishers might work more closely together to support the needs and wants of readers.
And, because Arsen and I both have a fondness for Spring Training (though I can’t say I always carry the passion through to the lenght of the entire regular season), we’ll be talking baseball books, as well.
Some items for discussion in regards to Boulder Book Store’s author micro-distribution program:
When authors pay for placement, can readers trust the curating of booksellers if they are being paid to place books on ‘recommended’ shelves?” [Note: Consider that the big publishers already routinely pay for placement at the big chains.] And, what about the specifics of BBS’ program?
* is there any vetting?
* Does the staff have any obligation to promote the books other than the display?
* And have authors and more importantly, readers had positive response overall?
Taking the temperature: How are things going between publishers and indies? BBS’s author marketing venture is a revenue source – so necessary in a book world reality where things like co-op are drying up. Given that even traditionally published authors are now expected to put in their own effort (and often as not, their own dollars) to market their titles, wouldn’t it be smart for publishers to work more directly with indies to create opportunities like this for their authors? Where else are publishers missing the opportunity boat when it comes to working with indie bookseller outlets?
And, finally (but maybe the most fun), let’s talk baseball books. I ask about this on Twitter every year (and usually on more than one occasion) and I KNOW my tweeps will give up some great baseball book recs!
SPECIAL NOTE: As I will have limited connectivity (just my cell phone), Jenn Webb (@JennWebb) will be my designated hitter, er, official co-hostess for today’s session.
Be sure to follow #FollowReader, Arsen (@kashbk), and Jenn Webb (@jennwebb) on Twitter so you can stay tuned into the entire hour-long conversation.
We’ll be starting at 4pm ET. See you there!
To join the #followreader conversation, here’s what to do:
1. Just before 4pm ET today, log in to Twitter or whatever interface you prefer. (We recommend Tweetchat, which refreshes quickly and automatically loads your hashtag when you are in the discussion.)
2. To follow the discussion, run a search for #followreader
3. I’ll start by asking our guests a few questions, before opening up the discussion to the group.
4. To post a comment to the discussion, make sure that the hashtag #followreader is in each tweet you write.
About Arsen Kashkashian
Arsen Kashkashian is the head buyer and inventory manager of the Boulder Book Store. He moved into that position in 1997 after serving as the store’s staff manager for four years. Kashkashian won the 2006 Gordon Saull award from the Mountain & Plains Independent Bookseller Association’s outstanding bookseller of the year. In his previous life he was a sports writer. The only thing that he is more devoted to than the Philadelphia Phillies is his wife and 16-month old daughter.