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  SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Booksmith, a leading independent bookstore located in the historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood, today announced that the changeover to the new ownership is complete. Praveen Madan and Christin Evans bought the Booksmith from long time owner, Gary Frank and have been transitioning the daily operations over the past few months. They plan to do a much needed make over on the model for running an independent bookstore to create a better literary experience for readers and authors that can''t be matched by big box stores and online sites like Amazon. Over the past five years the number of independent bookstores has declined from 5,000 to under 2,000 in the U.S. leading many people to question the future of independent bookselling.

"Some people think there is no role for independent bookstores in the age of Amazon and big box retailers," said Praveen Madan. "Our research with readers and writers shows that many of them have started to place greater importance on independent media due to the domination of publishing and distribution by a handful of large companies. Plus independent bookstores provide better service."

"I was terrified that the Booksmith was going to close for good, like so many other great neighborhood stores," said Joan Downey, a neighborhood resident who has been shopping at The Booksmith for years. "Praveen and Christin are energetic and optimistic and most importantly, they understand the role of ''local flavor'' and community that a well-run bookstore provides."

Embracing Community, Innovation and Technology

The Booksmith plans to focus the changes around strengthening community relationships, bringing fresh ideas to the table, and incorporating technology to enhance the literary experience for customers. "We are focusing on giving our customers a better and more authentic literary experience," said Christin Evans, the new co-owner.

Authors are a very important part of the new Booksmith model. The Booksmith recently took part in the annual "Heart of Cole" street festival, held in the community of Cole Valley. They hosted nine local women authors in their booth during the event, including Laura Fraser, author of An Italian Affair and Losing It. "I''m excited about the new energy that Praveen and Christin are bringing to the community," said Fraser, "and I appreciate that the Booksmith supports its local authors. It''s invigorating to get a chance to talk in person to readers who are also my neighbors."

Another important aspect of the new model will be to establish Booksmith as a Great Place to Work. "National and local chains have already proven that it''s possible to run profitable bookstores by paying low wages to staff" said Madan. "We are not interested in that approach. The Booksmith has always paid people well and attracted better talent as a result. We want to take this to the next level by creating a great place to work and building a dream team of booksellers."

In addition to their efforts at the Booksmith, Madan and Evans started an online literary community called Litminds.org in March this year. The goal of Litminds.org is to foster a larger global community of readers, authors, and independent booksellers. LitMinds has been receiving enthusiastic response from booklovers all over the world and the number of unique visitors to the site recently surpassed 200,000.

The Booksmith is well aware of the big changes coming in the publishing industry. Trends like the improving quality of self-published books, advances in print-on-demand, and lower technology development costs are all going to create the perfect storm for publishers and booksellers. "We are experimenting, exploring and breaking the rules of the established models for bookstores," said Madan. "It''s no coincidence that 40 years after The Summer of Love, the Haight Ashbury community will be ground zero for another revolution. This time a literary revolution. We want to partner with other indie stores and change the game back in favor of customers that don''t want cookie cutter lives."

About Booksmith

The Booksmith has been in business since 1976. In 1998, the Booksmith was named "Best store for new books" in San Francisco by the SF Weekly. In 1999, Time magazine selected the Booksmith as "the independent bookstore to shop at online." The Booksmith is located at 1644 Haight Street in San Francisco''s historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood.

About Litminds.org

LitMinds is a community where readers, authors, and independent booksellers can share their unique reading interests, make new friends, and enjoy stimulating conversations. LitMinds aspires to be a place for celebration and a catalyst for change. LitMinds is a free service. LitMinds was co-founded by Christin Evans, Carrie Evans, and Praveen Madan.

Source: The Booksmith
  

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