Impressive is the independent bookstore that remains afloat today, but even more so for the shop that shows acceptance and determination in surviving the techno-shift. As any avid reader knows, the tremendous e-sway and conglomerate collapse within the book industry is rocking the boat of traditionalists on both sides of the cover. Those of us who relish the endangered hardcover and those who peddle them certainly need each other to right the ship and stay the course.
McLean and Eakin is one such indie that seems to be managing the tides. Located in Petoskey, Michigan, McLean & Eakin Booksellers has an extensive online presence that offers up worthy picks, Indie bestsellers, knowledgeable staff faves, and ebooks. Book clubs? Features? Site links? It’s all yours on the homepage. So, even if you’ve never stepped through the doors of this northern gem, you can still settle in with a little armchair travel.
Such online accessibility is no doubt one of the keys to independent success. The other is networking and brainstorming with other booksellers at such events like the ABA’s Winter Institute where McLean & Eakin was represented by owner Matt Norcross. Check out what Norcross and others had to say about keeping current in this New York Times piece, Small Bookstores Struggle for Niche in Shifting Times.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer
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