The book business may not be dead yet. So far Christmas sales have beat expectations and readers are returning to bookstores. Reports indicate that sales “have been lifted by an unusually vibrant selection; customers who seem undeterred by pricier titles; and new business from people who used to shop at Borders, the chain that went out of business this year.” According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores saw sales increase “16 percent in the week including Thanksgiving, compared with the same period a year ago.”
However, some in the industry fear that the expected holiday sales of new e-readers and tablets from Barnes & Noble and Amazon will derail the return to bookstores. “Nevertheless, booksellers and publishers said they were still hoping that there would be a healthy enough interest in print books that the two formats could coexist.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.