Bookseller News

Booklovers Bookstore is proud to announce a new addition to our staff, Pat Wood, our School Liaison.

Having just retired with 32 years experience as a School Librarian / Media Specialist, Pat is very knowledgeable in what Children and Young Adults enjoy reading. Pat's work experience encompasses 13 years, respectively, at Schofield and North Augusta Middle Schools. During the summer months, Pat was acting librarian for the Aiken County Summer School Program. In her years of employment as a Media Specialist with the Aiken County School District, Pat has become familiar with the needs of both the teachers and students in relation to the schools'
expectations as well as the SC State Standards. As the School Liaison for Booklovers', Pat 's goal is to work with school personnel in providing assistance in the selection of reading materials to correlate with State and now, National Core Standards.

For more information call Pat Wood or Fran Bush at Booklovers Bookstore, 803-643-3198.

Downtown Knoxville has another reason to celebrate, as the Grand Opening of UNION AVE BOOKS is slated for June 18, 2011. This new Independent Bookstore specializes in new and used books, plus decorative arts and gifts, and looks to be a gathering place for downtown shoppers and dwellers and the business community, as well as the faithful of the former Carpe Librum Bookstore which closed at the end of 2010.

The bookstore, located at 517 Union Avenue in Knoxville will carry a diverse inventory of local and regional titles, as well as fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and feature a special Kids' Corner. In addition, UNION AVE BOOKS will host book signings, special holiday events, and Saturday activities for children. The store will also be available to Knoxville's numerous book clubs for meetings and after-hours events.

"Downtown Knoxville has exploded in the best possible way over the last few years," said Melinda Meador, one of the new owners and an attorney at the downtown law firm Winchester, Sellers, Foster & Steele, P.C.  "We want to be a part of this exciting time for our city, and selling books - especially given Knoxville's rich literary tradition - is a great way to do it."

Meador has teamed with former Carpe Librum owner Flossie McNabb, who brings to UNION AVE BOOKS an unparalleled expertise in bookselling. McNabb said the new store is a "fresh start" for her and her daughter Bunnie Presswood, who will be the store's business manager.  Rounding out this collaborative family business is Meador's son, Jake Knanishu, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, who will serve as content and marketing consultant as well as bookseller during holiday seasons. "We want to be a home away from home for booklovers," said McNabb.

Nashville, Tenn. – Saralee Terry Woods, President of BookManBookWoman – Nashville’s Bookstore announced that BookManBookWoman has expanded their in store books to include new books and new bestsellers. “We are happy to provide all new books and bestsellers at 20 percent off their cover price,” said Woods.  “Many of the new books offered are current best sellers or popular selections of area bookclubs.  We strongly believe that our model of selling 15 to 20 percent new books and the rest gently used books is the way that bricks and mortar bookstores survive and can be successful,” Woods added.

“Our customers have asked us to step up and provide Middle Tennessee with new books, bestsellers and unusual books and so far the experience has been very positive,”  Woods went on to add “BookManBookWoman received multiple copies of the brand new trade paperback from the publisher of the best seller Mr. Peanut the day it went on sale.  We know how popular Adam Ross is and I could not even get Mr. Peanut out of the box before customers started buying them.  It is exciting to provide immediate gratification for lovers of the written word.  Our customers and extensive research have helped BookManBookWoman make wise choices when it comes to selecting new titles and bestsellers.”

For more information, call BookManBookWoman at 615.383.6555 or Saralee Woods at 615.594.3145, visit the bookstore in Historic Hillsboro Village or visit the website at .

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL, APRIL 20  2011:  Book Swap of New Tampa, an independent and locally owned used bookstore, will be open for business on May 2, 2011.  The Book Swap of New Tampa will carry used books and audiobooks at a reduced price and will accept books for store credit.  The store’s credit policy can be found on their website

Book Swap of New Tampa will be located in the Shoppes of New Tampa at 1946 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL (across from Wiregrass Mall).  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday, and the phone number is 813-929-7490.

For more information contact Cynthia Floyd at 813-963-6979, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opening or Buying a Bookstore?

The training and education you need to prepare for owning and operating your new business is one of the most critical investments you can make. 

Plan to attend the next intensive workshop retreat – Opening A Bookstore: The Business Essentials – March 15-19 on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville, FL).  The week will include key topics from start-up costs and strategies for making a profit to choosing a computerized management system and selecting your opening inventory.  With rave reviews from hundreds of graduates over the years, this program offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the book industry and will give you the strategies and contacts to help you launch a successful independent bookstore.

Avoid the all-too-common misconception that a small bookstore can’t be that hard to start and operate. It’s a complex business regardless of size. Take time to train for your new career so you can launch a successful bookstore that is a sustainable business, one that will contribute to your local community for years to come. 

The workshop, offered in spring and fall each year, is facilitated by Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman of the Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates and is co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association. For details, visit