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'lance
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posted 13 January 2004 04:31 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This has been posted before. But since I just registered and released my first book...

www.bookcrossing.com

Surprisingly, Alberta has more books in the wild than any province except Ontario -- more even than BC.

Unsurprisingly, Edmonton has more than Calgary.


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Lima Bean
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posted 13 January 2004 04:36 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Surprisingly, Alberta has more books in the wild than any province except Ontario -- more even than BC.

I'm not sure why that suprises you; Edmonton has, or did have (before the colonizing efforts of Chapters and Indigo), more bookstores per capita than any other North American city.


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'lance
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posted 13 January 2004 04:45 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well as for BC, there's a bigger population there, is all. Possibly fewer bookstores per capita, but more readers.

McNally Robinson, which I think has its flagship store in Winnipeg, opened up a huge, and beautiful, branch here in downtown Calgary, not long after we moved here last year. Wonderful place -- and very convenient to my work. (In fact, I think I'd have to ride the C-train to some gawdforsaken suburban mall to shop at a Chapters/Indigo store).

I walked around agog awhile, and then in a brief conversation with staff, established that (1) no, they wouldn't let me move in and sleep on a cot in the basement, but (2) no, they weren't an "independent" front for Chapter's.

Another excellent store is Pages in Kensington. We live in Kensington. This was a factor in our choice of neighbourhood.

[ 13 January 2004: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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Bacchus
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posted 13 January 2004 05:13 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmm I believe it was San Francisco which had the most bookstores per capita in North America, followed closely by Vancover
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 13 January 2004 05:18 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gosh, someone should try this same idea with .mp3's
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'lance
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posted 13 January 2004 05:20 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah, San Francisco... (where's that nostalgia smiley?)

When we visited there we made a pilgrimage to City Lights Books.

Just as every Muslim should make the pilgrimage to Mecca, if s/he can afford it, every reader should get to City Lights at least once.

You may have gathered that books, and bookstores, are two things I'm passionate about.


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posted 13 January 2004 07:22 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does this happen to anyone else? Every single time I enter a bookstore, ready for adventure, nature calls.

Someone up there has a really warped sense of humour.


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'lance
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posted 13 January 2004 07:32 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't remember experiencing this. But McNally Robinson has a caf on the top floor, complete with washrooms.

Come to think of it I took advantage of that when Christmas shopping.


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bittersweet
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posted 13 January 2004 07:44 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
'lance, don't even get started on Christmas. Nature begins winding up her siren sound each year even as I draft up my Christmas list (which is 70% book titles). Tea and shopping will be the death of me yet. Or at least my acute humiliation.
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banquo
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posted 13 January 2004 09:38 PM      Profile for banquo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Speaking of setting books free. http://www.independentbook.com/#
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'lance
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posted 14 January 2004 05:47 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So the book I released was caught the very next day (i.e. today) -- by someone who knows about Bookcrossing, and who added a journal entry on the website.

This has brightened up my day, for some reason.


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rasmus
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posted 14 January 2004 09:22 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I keep thinking this is one of 'lance's ironic threads, and is actually called, "If you love a book, set it on fire"
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'lance
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posted 14 January 2004 09:46 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ironic? Moi?

My dear fellow. Perish the thought.


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jrose
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posted 28 March 2008 08:38 AM      Profile for jrose     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
BUMP!

I came across this thread (and the website it talks about) while doing a search for a thread I seem to recall about independent bookstores (which I couldn't find). I thought it was interesting and worth revisiting!


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