Running at The Doylestown & Lahaska Bookshops through the month of February
Have you ever been on a blind date with a book?
Our booksellers have carefully selected some of our favorite titles, ranging from science to historical fiction to young adult, and wrapped them up so you are not able to see the title or the cover.
With clues like “magical,” “1940s France,” “very intricate pocket watches,” “LGBT,” or “zombies,” written on the front to lead you in your selection, you will then choose a book that sounds amazing to you, buy it, take it home, and unwrap your date!
For every “date” you bring home, you may enter our raffle to win a special prize. The raffle winner will be chosen on February 29th. So come in, browse, and have fun finding your new favorite book!
The Doylestown Book Shop
is the second stop on my Independent Book Store tour. To bring an awareness of
how vital these places are, I’m interviewing the great folks who manage them.
The Doylestown Book
Shop, in downtown Doylestown, PA, is owned and operated by Glenda Childs.
She employs a
wonderful staff, all dedicated to bringing their customers an alternative to
the ordinary. They carry an extensive inventory of new and nearly new books from classic literature to current
A few weeks ago, Glenda and I took some time to chat about her book shop and what inspired her to open it.
welcome to Angel Kiss Publications.
Thank you for having
What motivated you
to open an Independent Book Store?
I have loved reading and books since I was a little girl. I worked in education for many years before I purchased the Doylestown Bookshop, which was a good segue into bookselling. I especially love the way the bookstore is a part of the community.
Can you tell us a
little about the Doylestown Book Shop?
We opened the Doylestown Bookshop in 1998. We thought a bookstore would do well there and wanted to offer this community-centered business to the local residents.
What’s involved with
running an independent book store?
Mostly, running an independent bookstore is about being a part of the community, understanding their literary needs, bringing books into their lives through author events, school visits, and book celebrations. We belong to the American Booksellers Association, a great resource for training and industry knowledge.
Is competition with
online retailers difficult?
Yes, but it appears
we have settled into a place where a certain percentage of all book sales goes
to online, e-books and brick and mortar stores. We try very hard to focus on
offering the best customer service and providing a unique shopping experience
in our stores that might make us different.
How do small book
stores compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble?
In addition to offering a unique shopping experience and wonderful customer service, we work hard to generate off-site sales through events, book fairs, book talks. We are fortunate to live in a community that supports our bookstores.
What makes your
Spacious locations, knowledgeable, kind booksellers, curated inventory based on community needs. And our staff picks walls!
What are your
Children’s books sell well, as do adult fiction, biography, and history.
Do you have
promotions throughout the year?
Yes! We have
Independent Bookstore Day in April, we do sidewalk sales in January and July.
Do you have author
Yes! This is an important part of our business, not just for sales, but for our mission statement as well. We want to bring educational experiences to the community and author signings do this.
What advice would
you give to authors just starting out?
Authors must write from their heart and experience, but also know who their audience is. Self-published authors also need to understand the importance of marketing their book and generating interest in their work. Joining writing groups might help with some of this.
Is there anything else
you’d like readers to know about you and your store?
Here is an interesting fact: The Berenstain Bears authors, Jan and Stan Berenstain were former Doylestown residents. Their son has continued writing these much-loved books.
Many years ago the Doylestown Bookshop became the official provider of Berenstain Bears books. They listed us on their website, have a large selection in our store and we ship Berenstain Bears books all over the world!
That is pretty cool!
What are some of
your favorite books/authors?
My two favorite
books over the last couple of years have been A Gentleman inMoscow,
by Amor Towles and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. It is very
hard to choose favorite books or authors as it is always changing!
Do you have a
website/Facebook page, etc?
Yes! Krisy Paredes is our marketing and events manager. We have another staff member who manages our website.
It is important that we have a consistent social media presence to help promote books and events. Our website is an indie commerce website where customers can learn about upcoming events and purchase books.