Authors Owning Bookstores

Did you know that mega bestselling author Jeff Kinney owns a bookstore? I didn’t. Until recently. And no, he’s not the only one.

I obviously don’t have a definitive list of authors who also own bookstores, but there’s several who do. But I think the idea is pretty great. Obviously this isn’t something that just any author can do. He’s said that his building cost millions to build. It’s state-of-the-art and rather large. So I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could afford (or get) that kind of loan with my current finances. He also hosts author events for authors he knows personally. Again, this is probably not something you or I could do.

But I think it’s a cool idea. Obviously authors who do this want to make money from their investment, but bringing people together who love books and making some money from it (after taking all the risk) isn’t the worst thing in the world.

I think authors owning bookstores could become something of a trend. We know there aren’t as many bookstores as there used to be, so this could be a way to attract people into indie stores. They could potentially meet one of their favorite authors just by going in. What do you think of authors owning their own bookstores?

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39 thoughts on “Authors Owning Bookstores

  1. I have often thought about owning a bookstore, specifically gently loved books. I’m far from a published author unless you count not for profit fanfiction,
    I’ve also thought about opening a coffee shop/eBook trading/selling/borrowing type of place, but I don’t have the know-how, the cash or the credit rating to go about it right now *sigh*.
    I think ANYONE who owns a bookstore, new or used, has the right idea. The can share their love of the written word with the rest of us :), and we can share our cash with them, lol.
    Seriously, though, more power to them.

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  2. I think it’s a great idea. If I could ever afford it, I’d love to open a bookstore.

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  3. Definitely a great idea – if I had a few million going spare, I’d open a bookshop too. Mind you, I’d also want a fully kitted out tree house to write in (with tea making facilities and good heating, of course) and an apple orchard. So, I’d better get out there and make some money, then …

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  4. I think it’s great way to strengthen the book community! A good author and new books all in the same place – talk about keeping print alive πŸ™‚

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  5. I’d love to own a bookstore that caters to authors… meeting rooms for writer’s groups. Preferential shelving for local authors. A nice little coffee shop. Dedicated space for signings and author events. Now to win the lottery so I don’t have to worry about making a profit πŸ˜‰

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