GalleyCat had a great article a few days ago discussing ways that booksellers can potentially combat "showrooming" (the practice by customers of viewing items in a store, then using a mobile device or computer to search for cheaper prices online and elsewhere). The article, titled "How Booksellers Might Be Able to Combat Showrooming," includes a great slideshow of ways that retailers can match online prices and persuade some "showroomers" to make their purchases in the store.
You can read the full article and view the slideshow here.
For those of you who currently subscribe to our email newsletter for booksellers, The Moon, you may have noticed a few changes.
We've streamlined the look, included new features, and christened it with a new moniker: The New Moon. As with this blog, our goal is to really connect with you, our selling partners, each month and offer support, guidance, and resources with the aim of helping you grow and thrive in this ever-changing market.
Our August 2013 issue of the New Moon was mailed yesterday morning. This issue includes:
-Halloween Event Planning Made Easy
-Shelftalkers (Playing with the Devil; Tarot of the Hidden Realm; Living Earth Devotional; and Cats Inspirational Oracle Cards)
-September New Releases
-Llewellyn's 2013 Tarot Catalog
-Indie Stores' Top Five Picks
-And Much More!
Though it is but the end of July, and the sweltering, dog days of summer are upon most of us, it's already time to begin planning for the holidays. (Where has half of the summer gone? It seems as though it was just Midsummer yesterday, and Memorial Day the week before that!) Though many of us will be loathe to see these long, sweltering days end, there is something magical about the palpable change in the air, the feeling of renewal that comes with that change, even if we are entering the dying portion of the seasonal cycle.
The crisp autumn air, the crunching of leaves underfoot, the smell of wood-burning fireplaces…to me, these things bring such happiness. And Samhain! That most magical of holidays, when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, when we celebrate the turning of a new year, when “kids” of all ages have reason to celebrate. And it's never too early to begin your Halloween holiday preparations!
As we near this magical time, it can be hard to reconcile plans (both personal and business) between the sacred and the secular, as well as between the spendy and the thrifty. That said, there are many ways to make Samhain more than just pointed hats and candy –without breaking the bank—at both your home and your store.
For many of us, Halloween is a time for frightto spook and to be spooked. We have a great collection of ghastly titles coming out just in time to send tingles down your spine.
Playing with the Devil, by Marcus Griffin. This haunting, thrill-ride of a true account is sure to please. Join paranormal investigator Marcus Griffin as he relates his true, first-hand account of his rock band Entropy and their encounters with the Gray Man, answering the question: Can you really sell your soul for rock 'n roll?
Batting Demons of Darkness, by Brandon Boston. Now determined to embrace his destiny with the paranormal, Brandon Boston shares his true, first-hand stories of battling demons. Join him on a transformative journey from terrified boy to confident man whose purpose is to defeat dark spirits.
Encounters with Flying Humanoids, by Ken Gerhard. Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard has traveled the world collecting evidence on the Mothman, the Owlman, the Van Meter Creature, the Valkyrie of Voltana, the Houston Batman, and other strange "bird people" that have been sighted throughout history. Packed with famous historical cases and dozens of chilling first-person accounts, this is the first book to focus exclusively on flying humanoids—a wide array of airborne entities that seem to feed off our deepest fears.
, by Jamie Davis with Samuel Queen. Explore frightening ghost stories and true paranormal encounters at ten well-known, haunted institutions across the United States. This unique collection of investigations is filled with terrifying photos, spooky highlights from on-site tours, and historical information about each location.
Embracing the Spirits, by Barbara Parks. Traumatized by a poltergeist as a young adult, Barbara Parks never imagined she would overcome her fear of the spirit world. This collection of true ghost stories relates her dramatic, heartwarming journey toward embracing her gift for spirit communication.
Surrounded by Ghosts, by Janet Larkin. Janet Larkin has, since birth, lived a life full of ghostly encounters. In her new book, Janet recalls her creepiest stories and grapples to make sense of a life overflowing with unexplained phenomena.
For me, decorations are always a great way to set the mood for any holiday season, Samhain included.
Pumpkins. A great way to spend time with family, friends, and associates is always at the pumpkin patch, finding that perfect gourd to display, carve, or both. While pumpkins can be found in many places (grocery stores and supermarkets included), I always favor the pumpkin patch because it is generally cheaper, the selection is wider, and it makes for a great activity for everyone.
Incense. Smell is one of the first things we notice when we enter a building or home; why not use some that celebrates the season? For a magical, uplifting, and thrifty option, try making your own incense or potpourri.
Colors. Colors are a huge part of décor, and I like to use those that are not only traditionally seasonal but also magically appropriate. Silver is great for making connections and bridging the gap (such as with Samhain spirit communications); yellow and gold symbolize the Sun and a fruitful harvest (whether literally or metaphorically).
An Altar. Perfect for store or home, a Wheel of the Year altar can be suited to any Sabbat, including Samhain.
Another strong way to connect to the season, to our friends and family, and to our ancestors is through rituals. These make great activities to do alone, to do with friends or family members, or to host as a store activity.
Candle Rituals. To me, candles seem to be perfect to use any time there happens to be a chill in the air, but they also can be used for powerful candle magic.
Worried about (or prevented from) using candles around children, pets, or particular building codes? Flameless candles can be just as magical as the regular ones. The Magic of Using Flameless Candles in Ritual: http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/2184
Abundance Ritual. If you ask me, any time of year is the right time for abundance, but abundance has been traditionally associated with the Harvest Sabbats. Try a Halloween Cauldron of Abundance Ritual: http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/1773
Spirit Communication Rituals. During this time when the veil is thinnest, it is easiest to connect with and communicate with our ancestors and other spirits. Why not host a group ritual to communicate with spirits?