Paperbacknovel.com Printed Newsletter
Hits the Streets
March, April, 2009
Volume 1, Number 2 of paperbacknovel.com's printed newsletter
has been distributed in locations in and around several cities.
Below are pictured some of these locations.
New York City
The newsletter was distributed in
and around New York City at the places listed below in mid
March, and redistributed a week and two weeks later.
Kim's Video, East Village, NYC
Kim's Video has moved. The famed
video store that for years has been on Bleeker Street just off
Bowery has now moved to 1st Avenue between 7th Street and 8th
Street. It's a much smaller store now. I hope they do well in
their new location.
printed edition was distributed to Kim's Video, now on 1st
Other Music, in the Village,
Other Music is still kicking
and seemingly doing well, now over two years after Tower
Records, which had been across the street and brought Other
Music's foot traffic, closed down. Other Music now features
in-store music performances, like
Shakespeare Books, in the Village,
Shakespeare Books in the Village is
part of a chain; there was one in lower Manhattan but it closed
late in 2007. I am not sure if Shakespeare Books in the US is
Shakespeare Books in Paris. I am not sure if
Shakespeare wrote all that he supposedly wrote anymore; in fact
I've been convinced that he didn't.
Paperbacknovel.com printed edition at front of
Bleecker Bob's in the Village, in
We were proud to distribute
paperbacknovel.com to Bleeker Bob's in the Village, one of the
venerable record shops in NYC, which has been in business since
the seventies. Bleeker Bob's is not your typical record shop; to
walk into his shop is to walk back in time 30 years; the history
of the place is well worn; Bob has found a niche selling lots of
old vinyl records and posters, and also cd's of non-conformist
music. For other thoughts on Bleeker Bob's,
Bleeker Bob's in the Village.
Generation Records in the Village, in NYC
As mentioned in our last
distribution report, besides CD's, Generation offers on the
floor at the front of the store the widest assortment of
independent newspapers and magazines in the Village.
As usual, we came
out of Generation Records with our bag heavier than it was on
the way in, dropping off 50 or so copies of paperbacknovel.com,
but picking up copies of NY Waste,
Arthur, and a bunch of other papers and heavy color
Grocery Store Next to CBGB's Store, St.
Mark's Place, NYC
Still don't know if this is a Gristeedes,
or a D'Agostino's, or a Walbaums, but it's been around forever
and is the grocery store/supermarket on St.
Marks. Paperbacknovel.com's were distributed to the large flat
area at the front of the store offering huge amount of flyers
Broome Street Bar, SoHo, NYC
The front of the Broome Street Bar,
one of the best
neighborhood bars in SoHo, is very tight. There are a hoard of
different papers to the left of the door, but when the place is
full, which it often is, an additional two-person table is
placed there. So you have to squeeze in through the front door,
and squeeze past or over the people sitting there to distribute;
this time the guy and gal engaged in conversation graciously
stopped with the gal even taking my load and placing it in the
paper-distribution corner, without spilling her boyfriend's
beer. I didn't push it by asking her to grab a SoHo Journal for
me while she was at it.
St. Marks Sounds
on St. Marks Place, NYC
Asked and received amiable
permission to distribute to the literature table at the front of
the store, which sits beneath the shrine of posters just inside
the massive 9-foot-tall, heavy wooden door.
CBGB's Store, St. Marks Place, NYC
Paperbacknovel.com can be found at
the CBGB's store on St. Mark's Place, selling CBGB's t-shirts
Kenny's Castaways, Bleeker Street, NYC
Kenny's Castaways is a music pub
which features some convenient racks in the front vestible.
The West Village, NYC
Paperbacknovel.com was also
distributed to several video shops in the West Village, whose
names weren't written down.
Late March, 2008 -- Redistribution
of Paperbacknovel.com newsletter to all of the places in NYC
listed in coverage above.
Newletter in New Orleans
Late April, 2009 found
paperbacknovel.com correspondant in New Orleans,
distributing the newsletter to bookstores and anyplace else that
displayed free papers.
The best bookshop
that we visited was Beckman's Bookshop on Decatur in the old
French Quarter. An eclectic bookstore of two stories, that
features books, books, and more books -- not neatly squared away
like most bookstore chains, but rather laid about here and
there, many squared away in the aisles of bookshelves; some out
on trays in the process of being categorized and placed on the
shelves -- it was like walking into someone's house without
notice, with books kind of laid out everywhere. The friendly,
venerable southern gentleman at the front cashier looked up over
his reading glasses positioned at the tip of his nose, and asked
if I needed help. I asked if there were more books upstairs, and
he said yes and there were some big windows which offered a
great view of the street up there too. And he was right.
Upstairs had more and more books; it was hot and humid the way
it gets in an attic on a 90 degree day. A book reader could have
spent a day in this bookstore, soaking up the laid back,
southern bookstore vibe. Unfortunately, there were no places to
distribute free literature or newspapers, so we didn't
distribute there. I asked the gentleman if there were any music
shops around; he asked what kind of music -- classic, jazz...? I
said folk; he told me that just down the street there was a shop
that offered the best selection in New Orleans; one that I would
be proud to have visited. The Music Factory.
The Music Factory has a great
collection of music of the blues, and folk, and rock and all
kinds of other types. Lots of great t-shirts too, hanging from
the ceilings of the first and the second floor. I picked up one
as a souvenir.
Paperbacknovel.com (center of picture) distributed to the front
of the Music Factory on Decatur Street in New Orleans.
paperbacknovel.com to several other places in the French
Quarter, including an internet cafe called Cafe Internet. Could
have done with some good coffee at that point, but the gal
managing the shop said they only had regular coffee; no
espresso's or anything fancy. I took a quick look at the pots;
paper-filter coffee makers and who knows how often they make the
coffee or how strong it was; I took a pass.
Cafe Internet on
a Friday afternoon, May 1st, 2009.
The inside of
Cafe Internet; paperbacknovel.com is in second tray from the
left, over the waiting couch.
The French Quarter
is a place predicated on drinking, partying, live music, and
having fun. There are tourist shops, voodoo tourist shops, and
also many art galleries. It is a place that takes on two
different personalities -- one by day (sun-drenched tourism,
artists, free spirits, cafe's, Creole and Cajun eateries), one
by night (girls-gone-wild partying). But it doesn't have very
many places to pick up or distribute free literature. It could
to with a few more.
A woman pencils in
the birthdays for May 1st in a Voodoo tourist shop.
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