WHY OWN A BOOKSTORE?


A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.


- Maya Angelou


As I found out through our customers, childhood summers spent in Quonnie on East Beach or elsewhere in South County, Rhode Island have a tendency to remain in one's DNA.  When Providence provided friendship with folks who still enjoyed 02813, I re found the place in both my soul and country where I had once been inexpressibly happy.


Who says you cannot go home again? (Thomas Wolfe, (American writer, 1900-1938). By then I was living in landlocked Ridgefield, CT and had recently lost my corporate job. On Memorial Day weekend we took a bike ride over to the supremely secluded Green Hill Tennis Courts and saw the "For Rent" sign on Rickel Plaza. Without knowing much about anything retail (but something about books and the publishing industry), within 24 hours we signed a year's lease at Matunuck Schoolhouse Road. 


I figured the rest would fall into place.


But who opens a retail store in a place where most people tell you you won't have a chance past September? Or even worse, when the business news reports the amazonian monopoly upending how people shop all across the world? As part of the lucky generation, however, who grew up learning equally on  print and electronic media (or live vs. online), I am making the assumption that our consumer culture and free society is not just about buying and selling. It is about the experience of such. An experience involving all five senses will always be superior to screen time. No matter how advanced or convenient artificial intelligence becomes.














I had immediately signed up for a Book Selling Course provided through the American Booksellers Association. It is great being a member of the ABA. I had learned about this splendid organization through my avocation as a writer and student of World War II German history.


Obviously it wouldn't be enough to just love books in order to become a successful part of a community.


But the Book Selling Course was a disappointment. It quickly became evident that hand selling and pricing books is like the Wild West. Then - another disruption. Barnes & Noble was purchased by Elliot Advisors (UK) in June. They had been successful transforming the English bookstore chain, Waterstones. I started to wonder if they would offer Books on the Pond competitive prices and terms - ones that I could pass along to our customers. They did. Sure enough, James Daunt - Elliot Advisors' CEO - wanted to make their new acquisition a wholesaler to indie bookstores. Daunt's new business model would make it easier for me to pass on savings to my customers. - A. Lehmann, 1.21.20

A BOOK FOR EVERY PERSON

Dog & Cat Covers (c) are mock book covers. Here, Dr. Fern Seydlitz, IV is the tabby cat investigating habitats in New England. Edition 6, Vol. 2. Dog & Cat Covers are available for sale by clicking here.

You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power.


- Jen Campbell

Click on the links below for copies of our 2019 e-invites. They have an average 55% open rate.

"Moonshine" features the yellow Labrador, Spirit, on Green Hill Pond in his dory. Dog & Cat Covers (c) Books on the Pond, 2019. Edition 3, Vol. 2

Take a tour of an early version of Books on the Pond on a delightful, stupendous  July 2019 day by clicking above.

THE STORE & PATIO

BoP by bullet points:


650 SF general bookstore

Opened with 1000 titles with new books arriving daily*

200 used books

Toys

Gifts

Cards

Maps

Coffee and Tea by Donation

Events include readings and classes


*Cannot find the book you need? We have no issue ordering your title from amazon at amazon's price. A $1. handling fee (Customer doesn't pay shipping or need to become an amazon prime member cost). 24-48 hours turnaround