Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Manuscripts + Kittens = Awesome

My dear friend and former author Allison Pang sent this my way today. Apparently it reminds her of me--which after watching, I totally get. LOL

Monday, December 19, 2011

Harry Potter Puppet Fun!

Oh the Harry Potterness of it all....

Only Bookstore in Astoria Closing Its Doors

Not only is Seaburn Books the only independent bookstore in Astoria, Queens, but it's the only bookstore in Astoria PERIOD. (I should know; I live there!) I walk by Seaburn on a regular basis and, I'm ashamed to say it, but I have never gone in. I keep meaning to--I've heard great things about the store (and their coffee!)--and I was bummed to hear this morning via The Daily News that it'll soon be closing:

The only independent book store in Astoria selling mainstream titles is slated to close its doors for good this month.

Seaburn Bookstore has been losing money for years and its owner tried to shutter the shop last year.

But an outpouring of community support at the time — and a jump in sales — prompted the owner, Sam Chekwas, to keep the beloved store open. He even remodelled and added an Internet cafe to appeal to new customers.

But after sales began to slip again in June and he faced a five-year lease renewal and rent hike, Chekwas decided it was time to close the final chapter on his 16-year-old business.

He said he plans to open a small book shop in his Long Island City warehouse used for his independent book publishing and online sales business next year.

“I feel quite awful about it,” Chekwas said of the closing. “We gave it all we had. ... The sales were just not there to justify it.”

More and more customers were coming in asking for digital books for their NOOKs and Kindles, he said, and he simply couldn’t compete.

“Where we are is a high-rent area where you really have to sell a lot of books,” said Chekwas, who has had a hard time competing with online merchants such as, which sell books at a fraction of their cover price.

“In 10 years from now, kids that are born today may not have a need for paper books,” he said.

Matthew Flamm, a Crain’s New York Business reporter who covers media, said New York City booksellers also have to contend with high rents and a lousy economy.

“This transition to e-books is just an added blow,” Flamm said. “You may have survived Amazon as a book retailer, but the question is can you survive Amazon and Barnes & Noble as e-book sellers?”

Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, which represents 1,600 merchants, said independent shops can and do survive.

“There are more independent book stores in the United States today than there were a few years ago,” he said, citing member data. “Nothing beats browsing for books in a physical store — despite all the quantum leaps forward in technology.”

Seaburn customer Danielle Rhodes, of Astoria, said she wished the shop would stay open.

“I’m sad it’s closing because it’s the only book store in Astoria,” Rhodes said. “It’s nice to walk in here and look for books.”

Read the original post HERE

Heartbreaking, to say the least. =(

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ryan Gosling + Library Talk = Swoon

My colleague sent an amazing link my way today to a Tumblr account called "Hey Girl, I like the Library too." On the other end of this glorious link is pictures of one Ryan Gosling with library-related semi-pick up lines attached.

Hilarity (and swooning) ensued.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Fun with Reading T-shirts!

I think I found a new favorite online reading-related t-shirt shop:

Fulfill your inner and/or outer librarian. Prepare for 'Dewey Decimals' to take on a whole new meaning. Just be quiet."

"She Blinded Me with Library Science" Link

What's the difference between books and boys? People pay money for used books, hey now." *snerk*

"Books Not Boys" link

"Würdwürm has an insatiable appetite for all forms of literature. But who doesn't? It's good for the mind, and the paper is delicious."

"Insatiable Reader" Link

"From the eager mind of Extreme Canadian history artist Kate Beaton comes the most accurate t-shirt a person can buy. If you've ever read a book you understand what this is about. It is crazy."

"This Shit is Crazy" Link