The BookMark

Your local independent bookstore by the sea
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Welcome to The BookMark in Neptune Beach, Florida 


   

The BookMark is a local independent bookstore established in 1990 in the Beaches Town Center, where Atlantic and Neptune Beach meet the ocean. The BookMark is known for its carefully curated selection of new fiction, non-fiction and children's books, gifts (pens, journals, bookends, and other "bookish" paraphenalia) and hosting readings, bookclubs and special events. As a full service bookstore our experienced and highly trained staff can help select the perfect book, and also special order, gift wrap and ship books/gifts upon request.

 

 WHILE THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC CONTINUES:

INSTORE BROWSING IS NOW AVAILABLE

MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED (we have masks available if needed)

WE CONTINUE TO OFFER CURBSIDE PICK UP AND DELIVERY TO THE BEACHES


A Few Changes 

Change is not new to the book business. We have faced the challenge of large national chains with deep discounts and hedge fund sugar daddies, the advent of ebooks and electronic readers (some that are now obsolete), the disappearance of small publishbing houses into large national and international conglomerates, and the ever-growing internet which threatens to cannibalize the entire retail landscape. And now Covid 19 and the related economic repurcussions and crises, just when the world of independent bookstores was enjoying a renaissance.  

As Yogi said, its deja vu all over agiain, but with some distinct differences. Independent bookstores are quicker to innovate and take advantage of new technologies.  For example, bookstore readings are being replaced with "virtual" on-line meetings between aluthors and readers. This format will not compensate for the electicity of fans meeting and talking with authors face to face ... but this is one of the trade-offs made to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe and healthy.  Story Time with Miss Pat was our first foray into virtual space.  Our second on-line event is shown below.

Our weekly "Postcard" is designed to keep you informed about what is going on not only at The BookMark, but in the pubishing/bookselling world as well.  It also lets us tell you what we've been reading.  This has been well received, and we will keep using it as an information resource. We will also start archiving them on this website.  The publishing iindustry is still adapting to the new world and while it may be more than you really want to know, we are going to keep you informed about some of these changes.  For example, the rapid increase in on-line purchases with independent bookstorhas has apparently caused a backlash.  Some stores are having a more difficult time meeting customer demand and new customers are unhappy. As we have have noted in previous postcards, publishers have drastically altered their scheduled releases for new seasons, (especially Spring and Summer 2020), cancelled instore readings, changed publication schedules and adjusted staffing accordingly.  In short, it is a challenging new environment, and we doubt that griping to Amazon is rewarding. FYI publishers and booksellers have called for an investingation of Amazon's predatory practices 9link)

One of the reasons we have been reluctant to adopt on-line browsing/ordering etc. is that we really like talking to customers and providing the personal service that makes independent bookstores special. But we know that we have to adapt to the changing realities, and so we will be implementing new browsing and ordering capabilities in the very neear future.This on-line service is an integral part of our existing software system and has years of expereince. It will  requre some changes on our part but will offer many new capabiilities that we think you will find helpful.  Our goal remains finding the right book(s) for you and making sure we get them to you.  The pandemic has inivted us to expand how we do that, and we're up to the challenge.


   

 


An Evening with Author Scott Anderson in Conversation with Quill Lawrence

Tuesday, September 8 at 8 pm 

    


 

 

For thirteen years Rona shared her summer and holiday recommendations with Susan Stamberg on National Public Radio (NPR). She is a frequent guest on local televison and radio shows and provides additional recommendations in our monthly newsletter.

STORE HOURS :

MON-SAT: 10 AM-4 PM

SUN: CLOSED

PHONE AND EMAIL REQUESTS ACCEPTED /

CURBSIDE-PICKUP , MAIL AND HOME DELIVERY TO LOCAL BEACH AREA AVAILABLE

PHONE: 241-9026

EMAIL: bkmark@bellsouth.net

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