The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.
When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently during that time - not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I’m actually walking around in a bit of a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.
I am the owner of Paper Town Books. Yup, I am. My intent was to open up a brick and mortar shop in Austin, TX (still is eventually - read further and I’ll explain). I even announced this on Word Painting some time ago (back in May of 2012). Since then I’ve discovered a lot of things:
First, small businesses are not catered to in this country. In fact, it is extremely difficult to get a small brick and mortar business opened in the U.S. (there is a lot of red tape and a lot of money involved).
Second, in the state of Texas (where I reside), in order for a business to get a bank loan, that business has to have had its doors open for two years and made a profit before a bank will even consider giving it a loan. This usually means anyone who wants to open a business must use their own money, their own credit cards or loans that they are able to get personally. This is not easy for everyone.
My conclusion? Start online then move to brick and mortar. So, for the last two years, this is exactly what I did, I built a website, collected tens of thousands of books, and generated a small amount of preliminary interest. The end result is about to be launched—Paper Town Books.
Here is what I intend to do with Paper Town Books.
1. Provide good quality/condition second hand books, collectible editions (like first editions, signed copies, etc.), some rare/antiquarian books, and your everyday run of the mill books (fiction and non-fiction) and other items such as graphic novels, etc.
2. Offer these books at a very reasonable price to help us poor book readers/collectors actually save money. Most of the common titles will be priced at 50% off the cover price or lower.
3. Move to a brick and mortar location within two years of the launch of the website. I prefer local brick and mortar stores, especially bookstores. That is my goal—get a physical location (and keep the website).
So, if you are a book reader, collector and/or lover of books your support of this venture is truly coveted. By supporting Paper Town Books you will be supporting a local bookstore (even though our location is currently online).
I do value your opinions and comments So, what you think?