Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New CoOp in Shorewood?

posted by Jay

With the news of a planned book CoOp at the old HWS Shorewood location, we're interested in your take on the prospect of a new/similar/different bookseller/bookselling model in the same location.

I think it's safe to say all of us at the Flap are happy when new independent booksellers open, as the loss of the Schwartz shops were a loss for the community as a whole. Bookshops are places for discussion, for the sharing and communication and debate of free ideas of all kinds - and for the formation of social capital.

However, the question needs to be asked: how will this bookshop succeed where Harry W. Schwartz failed?

Is the "CoOp" model different enough to succeed?

What are "competitive" prices and how does that enable success?

Follow the discussion at the Inside Flappers social network, where you can discuss books, authors, write your own blogs - share your voice, ideas and media. We're keeping tabs on the news and articles on this development.

2 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Truth is I think this is destined for failure. Schwartz failed for a reason and the organizers of this little venture are pushing the concept of a "meeting place" so hard that they're forgetting they'll actually have to sell books to keep the doors open. Some of the early proponents of this concept spoke glowingly of how much they liked to meet friends at the old HWS and drink coffee...but never once mentioned the selection of books or even buying one! If that's the type of clientele this place is hoping to attract they're in for a rude awakening.

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