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papertownbooks:

Today is the last day to take advantage of our 20% discount. Get 20% off your entire order, simply type—20% sale—into the coupon code box on the check out page and save!

papertownbooks:

Today is the last day to take advantage of our 20% discount. Get 20% off your entire order, simply type—20% sale—into the coupon code box on the check out page and save!

Let Me Explain …

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?

papertownbooks:

We are still adding books to each section of our website as it is being built. One of these sections includes autographed books. We have to tweak a few things on the site but we are very close to launching the site.
You can get regular updates on added books, various features, and news at our Facebook page. 

Paper Town Books is a new online e-Commerce bookstore that is real close to launching its web site. Above is an update from their Tumblr page. Be sure and check out there Tumblr page and/or their Facebook page (both are linked above) to get updates and Grand Opening information.

papertownbooks:

We are still adding books to each section of our website as it is being built. One of these sections includes autographed books.

We have to tweak a few things on the site but we are very close to launching the site.

You can get regular updates on added books, various features, and news at our Facebook page. 

Paper Town Books is a new online e-Commerce bookstore that is real close to launching its web site. Above is an update from their Tumblr page. Be sure and check out there Tumblr page and/or their Facebook page (both are linked above) to get updates and Grand Opening information.

Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.
David Quammen

A must re-post!

Books … why I never have much money!

Books … why I never have much money!

I’ve posted this before, but it’s soooo true it needed to be posted again!

I’ve posted this before, but it’s soooo true it needed to be posted again!

Read. As much as you can. As deeply and widely and nourishingly and ­irritatingly as you can. And the good things will make you remember them, so you won’t need to take notes.
A.L. Kennedy
I’ve never understood the desire for books with matched bindings. You don’t go through life looking for sets of matched people, and books are just as individual.
Susan Lendroth

A Different Stripe: New York Review Books Spring 2014 Preview, Part I

nyrbclassics:

Stay tuned for the rest of the list soon, but here is the first part of our spring 2014 season. Enjoy.

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The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos by Patrick Leigh Fermor

The long-awaited conclusion to Leigh Fermor’s account of his youthful walk through pre-war Europe follows…

Breakfast of Champions.

Breakfast of Champions.

cloudunbound:

I always had a feeling it was true, but now I have proof after walks through South Bank, Holborn, and Bloomsbury: London has more bookstores (and bookstands) than New York. And I am fine with that. Though it would be nice to see those old stands reappear on Sixth Avenue again.

My favorite find was Judd Books off Tavistock Place, where the used music stock was choice. I was hoping to score some Tim Winton in paperback, but no dice. I got my bag searched, and the clerk squeezed my Percy Pigs from M&S (that is not a metaphor).

Support your local book shops.

Surround the road of your life with walls of books.

Surround the road of your life with walls of books.

The book can produce an addiction as fierce as heroin or nicotine, forcing us to spend much of our lives, like junkies, in book shops and libraries, those literary counterparts to the opium den.
Philip Adams
I wrote stories from the time I was a little girl, but I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be an actress. I didn’t realize then that it’s the same impulse. It’s make-believe. It’s performance. The only difference being that a writer can do it all alone. I was struck a few years ago when a friend of ours—an actress—was having dinner here with us and a couple of other writers. It suddenly occurred to me that she was the only person in the room who couldn’t plan what she was going to do. She had to wait for someone to ask her, which is a strange way to live.