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A blog by The Bookseller

Welcome to The Book Seller’s Blog where we invite independent book sellers to rant, rave and generally enthuse about books and authors and all things literary. Tell us about your day amongst the fresh pages of new releases, or the previously loved well thumbed pages of second hand books. What was the most bizarre request you’ve received from a customer? What is your most precious book? Reveal all here!

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Saintly Patience Part II: Post Christmas Book Returns

Posted by The Bookseller on 25 January 2012.

Chris Mills, senior book buyer with Hughes and Hughes Dundrum reveals the booksellers’ hidden torment… At this time of year, the bookseller requires a particular brand of patience.  In January, it is not just for helping customers to buy books but also in helping them to return books.  It can be rather soul-destroying (slight exaggeration perhaps) to see returned the presents that you helped someone choose on Christmas Eve. At least if it is a...

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Crannóg Bookshop Celebrates Winning the Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year

Posted by The Bookseller on 21 December 2011.

Crannóg Bookshop Celebrates Winning the Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year Crannóg Bookshop was full of festive cheer last Saturday, 17th December as they celebrated winning the inaugural Bord Gáis Energy Irish Bookshop of the Year award. The category was established as part of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards to recognise retailers who connect readers and authors everyday and provide us with endless hours of entertainment. Belinda McKeon, author and winner of the...

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Patience is a virtue: Seasonal bookselling skills

Posted by The Bookseller on 14 December 2011.

Christine Mills looks at the two most vital skills that a bookseller needs to survive the Christmas shopping madness In the summer, I wrote a blog entry about booksellers’ multi-tasking skills, without which we would find life on the shop floor very difficult. With Christmas moving towards us at an ever-increasing pace, I have been inspired to draw attention to two more bookseller- saving skills. These skills come as a pair and I would argue...

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Social Media Musings

Posted by The Bookseller on 9 November 2011.

Christina Mills of Hughes & Hughes shares some social media musings I help to maintain our Facebook and Twitter presence so this blog post is the result of my musings on social networking as a bookseller. Everybody uses social media as part of a sales strategy these days and a bookshop can be no exception. As a bookshop, your digital followers are for the most part a mixture of actual and prospective customers, publishers, writers,...

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Halloween At Hughes & Hughes

Posted by The Bookseller on 19 October 2011.

Christine Mills of Hughes & Hughes Dundrum reveals what they have in store for us this Halloween Halloween is almost upon us and we are planning spooky story sessions to scare the little ones (just a little) with lots of activities and maybe even a few cookies. In all our branches the booksellers will be taking up the seasonal challenge of donning frightening costumes and reading bloodcurdling tales with lots of moans and groans. At...

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The Write Way

Posted by The Bookseller on 15 August 2011.

Louisa Cameron of Raven Books in Blackrock talks about the hard work that goes into getting a book from the brain to the page. “From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.” Good old Groucho Marx, always reliable for a pithy quotation when you need one! After wading through an indigestible “best seller” I got to thinking about the common misconception that...

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Multi Tasking the Book Shop Way

Posted by The Bookseller on 7 July 2011.

Christine Mills, Senior Bookseller with Hughes and Hughes joins us this week to reveal the book sellers essential sixth sense…. I was thinking about multi-tasking in the context of domestic chores recently, when it occurred to me that booksellers are also skilled in the art of doing several jobs more or less at once. It is probably one of the most underrated talents that booksellers possess, but life on the shop floor would be difficult,...

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From Ireland to the World

Posted by The Bookseller on 17 June 2011.

Kenny’s book store is Ireland’s biggest online book shop, stocking over half a million new and secondhand books, and with access to five million, all with free worldwide delivery. Selling books since 1940, Kenny’s is a family business, and Desi Kenny will be bringing us his thoughts on books and bookshops…. I’m delighted to contribute to this Blog but had to ask “What’s a Blog?” I am reminded of the request we received from the Library...

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Sweny’s Famous Bar of Soap

Posted by The Bookseller on 7 June 2011.

Wendy at Sweny’s pharmacy and bookshop explains the legacy of the store and the affiliation with James Joyce’s famous Ulysses. Swenys pharmacy is located at the top of Westland Row in Dublin 2.  As a student at UCD on Earlsfort Terrace, the young James Joyce would have been very familiar with it as a working pharmacy and must have visited it often.  You can only imagine the infinite patience of the then pharmacist Frederick William Sweny...

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Up In The Loft

Posted by The Bookseller on 4 June 2011.

In May I opened a small independent bookshop in the centre of Dublin city. “Why?” I hear you ask. “Haven’t you heard, high-street book selling  is dead? E-Books and iPads, Amazon, Tesco, Piracy etc. etc. etc.” For any of us who’ve spent time working in the book trade, these sentiments are an all to present splinter in our collective consciousness.  I’ve been a full time book seller for ten years and, like us all, have...

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