Nation's oldest gay bookstore announc...

Nation's oldest gay bookstore announces closure

There are 7 comments on the Sacramento Bee Newspaper story from Apr 29, 2014, titled Nation's oldest gay bookstore announces closure. In it, Sacramento Bee Newspaper reports that:

The owner of the nation's oldest gay bookstore appears to be writing its final chapter, confirming Tuesday that he plans to close the financially troubled shop next month.

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KKafeteria Kristains

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Apr 30, 2014
This community resource run by a more than decent man will be missed, but he was a true bookseller more than a businessperson, imo.

It's really tough for brick and mortar bookstores (and video stores and audio stores,) and he was not inclined to do things like put in a cafe and may not have had the room to, anyway.

To special order a non lgbt title from Giovanni's Room would cost 30% more and take an extra two weeks over that web bookseller. That's a tough proposition, even if there were a large enough customer base of people who still read books regularly....
gggggg

United States

#2 Apr 30, 2014
KKafeteria Kristains wrote:
This community resource run by a more than decent man will be missed, but he was a true bookseller more than a businessperson, imo.

It's really tough for brick and mortar bookstores (and video stores and audio stores,) and he was not inclined to do things like put in a cafe and may not have had the room to, anyway.

To special order a non lgbt title from Giovanni's Room would cost 30% more and take an extra two weeks over that web bookseller. That's a tough proposition, even if there were a large enough customer base of people who still read books regularly....
Philly Child molester, you have more names than your pimp [email protected] daddy.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#3 May 1, 2014
KKafeteria Kristains wrote:
This community resource run by a more than decent man will be missed, but he was a true bookseller more than a businessperson, imo.
It's really tough for brick and mortar bookstores (and video stores and audio stores,) and he was not inclined to do things like put in a cafe and may not have had the room to, anyway.
To special order a non lgbt title from Giovanni's Room would cost 30% more and take an extra two weeks over that web bookseller. That's a tough proposition, even if there were a large enough customer base of people who still read books regularly....
Some day folks will lose almost all small, local businesses due to the impatience and cheapness of the public. We will be left with Walmart, Lowes, the internet and all the other large, impersonal vendors. Shoddy goods at cheap prices. So far as books are concerned, every time I purchase one in digital format I have to re-read some passages several times in order to sort out all the typos.
gggggg

United States

#4 May 1, 2014
RalphB wrote:
<quoted text>Some day folks will lose almost all small, local businesses due to the impatience and cheapness of the public. We will be left with Walmart, Lowes, the internet and all the other large, impersonal vendors. Shoddy goods at cheap prices. So far as books are concerned, every time I purchase one in digital format I have to re-read some passages several times in order to sort out all the typos.
Get lost you worthless pos
Prosperity Fundieraiser

Philadelphia, PA

#5 May 1, 2014
RalphB wrote:
<quoted text>
Some day folks will lose almost all small, local businesses
There is a tiny minority of independent booksellers surviving either because of location (large academic community,) business flexibility (cafe atmosphere,) traditions (getting the book readings at the local library as an exclusive,) powerful niche (children's books,) broadened product lines, maybe even used books.

But not many. Apart from your valid point about commerce generally, I was suggesting Giovanni's Room had exactly none of these factors working in its favor.

What the article left out is that the lgbt community just within the past couple of years had a fundraising campaign for the store to have its brick wall fixed - I think it went into the tens of thousands of dollars. The donors must have known where this was headed, so I am sure they have no basis to feel misled or remorseful in some way because the store will close now...instead of before the building repairs.
Exleftist

Dallas, TX

#6 May 1, 2014
RalphB wrote:
<quoted text>
Some day folks will lose almost all small, local businesses due to the impatience and cheapness of the public. We will be left with Walmart, Lowes, the internet and all the other large, impersonal vendors. Shoddy goods at cheap prices. So far as books are concerned, every time I purchase one in digital format I have to re-read some passages several times in order to sort out all the typos.
. Agreed.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#7 May 1, 2014
Prosperity Fundieraiser wrote:
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There is a tiny minority of independent booksellers surviving either because of location (large academic community,) business flexibility (cafe atmosphere,) traditions (getting the book readings at the local library as an exclusive,) powerful niche (children's books,) broadened product lines, maybe even used books.
But not many. Apart from your valid point about commerce generally, I was suggesting Giovanni's Room had exactly none of these factors working in its favor.S
What the article left out is that the lgbt community just within the past couple of years had a fundraising campaign for the store to have its brick wall fixed - I think it went into the tens of thousands of dollars. The donors must have known where this was headed, so I am sure they have no basis to feel misled or remorseful in some way because the store will close now...instead of before the building repairs.
My go-to book store for many years has been Left Bank Books in St. Louis. It is located in what we call the Central West End. It is near Washington University and the many apartment buildings that house university students and many gay folk. I began buying books there many years ago when I lived in the area. It became such a habit that I still make the 1/2 hour trek every couple of months even tho I now live in the suburbs. Of course it could not be described as a "gay bookstore", but it does carry books of gay interest.

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