Happy Independent Bookstore Day…. Is now everyday!
A wrench in the machine, however achieved, to get your words out for others to read!
Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (/ˈɡuːtənbɜːrɡ/; c. 1400 – 3 February 1468) was a German inventor, printer, publisher, and goldsmith who introduced printing to Europe with his mechanical movable-type printing press. His work started the Printing Revolution in Europe and is regarded as a milestone of the second millennium, ushering in the modern period of human history. It played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Enlightenment, and Scientific Revolution, as well as laying the material basis for the modern knowledge-based economy and the spread of learning to the masses. Wikipedia
If today is support your independent bookstore day, then I say do support them in all the variables of delivery.
“Author events at independent bookstores sometimes take the role of literary salons  and independents historically supported new authors and independent presses.” Wikipedia
Grateful for my publishing patron saint the Praying Mantis.
As one who has an independent bookstore in my bedroom converted into an office. I found that the definition of what a independent bookstore is has delightfully changed.
Seems to me that most independent bookstores are sole proprietorships. I remember a book I read once about a woman in England who opened a bookstore. In the back she also published books. In the front of her building, she had a coffee-tearoom and to the side an adjoining art gallery.
It has always been in the back of my mind to have a similar setup.
I have been in the printing or publishing business since I first took a printing class in high school while enrolled in a graphic art course at a local occupational school. Oh Ya!
My first job was pasting numbers in books for an adult book publisher.
The holy X-ACTO knife, the printing press and the revolutionary Xerox printing machine helped create and promote a thousand hubs and underground scenes; flyers and fanzines do come to mind!
And though I have not found independent books stores as agreeable to new or independent authors, some of my favorite books in my bookcases are from independent bookstores.
As a sole proprietor of an independent publishing company, I celebrate today. I love books … even crazy little comic books.
I even appreciate the eternity of dust on my husband’s infinity of chess books in our home. All purchased from independent chess book publishers and bookstores.
As I have said I run an independent bookstore from my home. A bedroom converted into an office. There is a coffee machine in the kitchen, unique art on the walls, and candles burning bright. The same smell that once filled the independent bookstore known as the Bodhi Tree in West Hollywood.
My point being publishing houses and independent bookstores come in all shapes and sizes. Good grief, nowadays one must be creative! Hardcover books smell great and are still a revelation to hold close to ones’ heart.
I have a publishing house that engages with print on demand. I support publishing all around the world this way.
From William Blake’s funky imaginative little self engraved publications to the revolutionary pamphlets of Thomas Paine. To all means of fanzines, paperbacks, and dirty magazines. To a local building, a suite, or online indie / DIY publishers who grew through this ridiculous pandemic.
Cheers! To all independent bookstores, publishers and most importantly to the ones who write.
Much Ado …
The Seminary of Praying Mantis Publishing
All money from book sales flows into a pool-bank to be put forth towards “in-process;” Los Angeles Flipside Fanzine the Narrative Documentary Film.
Epeisodion One… between the songs are the staff punks. Those who created a music fanzine.