- 7:22 am - Thu, May 15, 2014
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In honor of our continuing quest to find all our nerd-friends, we have a Very Exciting Announcement to make! We’re adding a new book-of-the-month subscription program. Are you ready? Here we go:
- It’s called WORDs for Nerds.
- It will feature books beloved by staff, as well as books beloved by some of our favorite authors!
- It will include new books and old books, fantasy and sci-fi, graphic novels, even some YA — basically anything sufficiently fantastical, supernatural, intergalactic, futuristic, magical, epic, out-of-this-world, dystopian, utopian, otherworldly, full of swords, and/or full of stars.
- The first installment goes out in June, and our first guest curator is Jeff VanderMeer, who has bowled us over with his new Southern Reach trilogy (the second installment of which, Authority, has just arrived!).
- Our second guest curator is Sofia Samatar, author of the incredible fantasy A Stranger in Olondria.
What books will they pick? What wonders do Molly and Jenn have in store for you? Sign up to find out.
Molly and Jenn are SOOOOO excited about this. You should be, too.
- 1:36 pm - Wed, Feb 5, 2014
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Our Jersey City location needs a part-time accounting person! Knowledge of Quickbooks and payroll procedures a must, bookstore experience or familiarity with the book business preferred.
We’re looking for someone organized and with some serious math skills to work part time in our JC…
Come on! You know you want to talk cost of goods and gross profit with me!!!
- 12:36 pm - Fri, Dec 13, 2013
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WORD Jersey City’s bookstore soft opening is TOMORROW, December 14, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.! We’ve got books on the shelves and are SO READY to help you find gifts for everyone on your list.
The café has a few more days to go, but will be open later next week, at which point we will be prepared to help you with all your caffeine/snack needs.
YOU GUYS! COME SEE US TOMORROW! 123 Newark Ave. It’s all happening.
In the wise words of CeCe Peniston, “Finally, it’s happened to me.”
- 5:50 pm - Tue, Jul 30, 2013
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These opinions are my own, and I’m entitled to have them
I try to stay out of the fray of internet comments on twitter and the like about the current state of bookselling. I should be more interested since I am, in fact, the owner of a bookstore. But more importantly, I’m the owner of a small business. And as the owner of a small business I am extremely conscious of where I spend my money. I don’t shop at Walmart. I don’t shop at Amazon and any of its many many many websites. That’s my choice. And that’s ok.
But the recent conversation online about Amazon’s newest tactics in lowering prices even further, compounded by President Obama’s decision to speak about the economy from an Amazon warehouse, has just put me over the edge. I know people love Amazon and will defend its convenience and prices staunchly. And that’s their right. But there’s been a lot of internet chatter portraying indie booksellers as if we are whiny children, stomping our feet because we can’t get all the candy in the jar. Mad that we have to share. Mad that other kids get more candy than us. This patronizing tone about indies makes me nuts. So I’m getting this off my chest.
Let’s get this straight: it’s no secret that the conditions in Amazon warehouses are questionable. It’s no secret that the treatment of Amazon employees is questionable. It’s no secret that Amazon’s tactics at avoiding paying sales tax is completely unquestionably ridiculously unfair to small business. And I don’t think it’s a secret that all small businesses, not just bookstores, are being threatened by the monopoly that is Amazon. Yes, I’m aware that other online retailers and mass merchandisers lowball prices. It’s been that way for a long time. But there is no comparison here. Amazon is a giant bully, and it’s growing bigger and meaner every day. And the fact that the government is on its side has never been more apparent than today.
Reading the transcript of Obama’s speech literally makes me feel like I’m reading an Onion piece, or a sci-fi novel. It just doesn’t seem like it could be true. How could we be so out of sync, me and my President? Amazon is actively going after Main Street after Main Street in every town in every state in this country and I am pissed off about it. And I’M ALLOWED TO BE PISSED OFF ABOUT IT. So let me. I’m not saying YOU have to be. But if you own a small business and lots of your time and heart and money are tied up in it, then you understand. And if you’re not a small business owner, you might not. The End. Stop scolding people who are upset about this, trying to get us to see it another way. This is real to us. Hearing my President talk about Amazon as a hero effects me in a real way. Yes, maybe it’s an unreasonable emotional way more than a completely rational one, but so what?
People really love their cats and post pictures of them every minute. Am I constantly going online and telling cat lovers to relax, that dogs are great too, that they should really get over themselves and grow up and stop talking about cats all the time? No, I’m not. So leave me alone. Let me brood. Because man, I’m feeling broody.
- 1:51 pm - Fri, Jun 21, 2013
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Me: Thanks for sitting down with me today!
Myself: My pleasure, really. It’s hard to get me to shut up about this.
Me: Tell us what “this” is.
Myself: This, meaning, our romance of the month book club.
Me: And how does that work?
Myself: The wonderful genius Sarah MacLean, author…
Jenn is insane and I adore her.
- 12:31 pm - Thu, May 9, 2013
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I held this gorgeous finished book in my own two hands yesterday, it was glorious. I can’t wait to read it again, for like the 8th time. Maybe 10th. Join us at WORD for Dag’s launch on Tuesday June 4th. Or just order a signed copy here: http://www.wordbrooklyn.com/signed-dagmara-dominczyk. I hope you all love it, and her, as much as I do.
The finished book arrived at my house two days ago. That’s what they call it in the publishing world. The finished book. I was walking back from the bus stop, and spied the package sitting on my front steps, and I started running. I tore open the manila envelope like a beast, I held that…