The Bare Minimum – a Small Business Perspective on $15 Per Hour

An excellent article, everyone should read this!


I don’t pay my employees enough.  That’s hard to admit.

I mean, I don’t cross picket lines, I’m a patient driver, I garden vegetables and work in my wood shop, I love animals and people, and I can get along with just about anyone.  I’m a good guy.  And my staff are not just employees to me. I see their talents, their struggles, their hopes and dreams – their lives mean something to me.  They are my friends.

They’re no slouches, either. Among us we have published writers, artists, aspiring lawyers, career booksellers, political activists, bartenders, actors and photographers.  My store is not a place one goes to wash out – it’s a place one goes to click in.

Still, I know they (we) struggle. I’ve only managed to bring the starting salary about .75 above minimum plus free health insurance, book credit, bonuses at the end of the year…

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Nomad Books

This sounds like a fantastic bookshop and I have added it to my list of places for us to visit in London in the future.

The Matilda Project

IMG_2837Nomad Books, 781 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5HA

Like many of you, I am, for all intents and purposes, a ‘grown up.’ I live in a flat, where I pay rent and bills and spend time between coming home from work and going back again. I have an alarm set for 7:20 every weekday morning. I leave the house at around 8:20 and take the Victoria line to work. I work until 6pm, when I walk back to the station and take the tube home. I worry about horrible colleagues, unmet targets and the damp in the corner of the bedroom. In other words, I have a routine. Most days, I do pretty much exactly the same thing. But some days, I do something different.

It seems to me there are two modes of everyday living. You can live in your little bubble or box, going back and forth between…

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Feature on: Southcart Books, Walsall

I’ve recently discovered Southcart Books, and I just wish that I lived nearer so that I could spend hours (and money, upsetting my bank manager more…) browsing through the shelves and discovering new authors. If you’re in the Walsall area, pop in!

If, like me, you don’t live near them, allow me to take you on a virtual tour of the bookshop via the medium of photos from their Twitter page (@southcartbooks).

Invested in a nice big table for all our comics and annuals , waist high so no bad 🙂

modern reissues of sci-fi , and a bit of steampunk including , lovecraft , jules verne , orson wells ,Phillip k dick

some of our lovely new h.p lovecraft books now instore

photo from todays book launch , was a great day

So, if you are nearby, their address is: 20 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall, WS1 1RL


Exploring Derbyshire: Scarthin Books of Cromford


‘It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way aboutIMG_1476. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.’ – Agatha Christie, The Clocks

Stepping into Scarthin Books is like entering another world, a labyrinth of passages and stairs with books as far as the eye can see, tucked away in every nook and cranny. It is impossible to know where to look, let alone where to start. What makes a bookshop truly special, in my opinion, is its ability to draw you in as you peruse with giddy excitement in search of that one cover that will catch your eye. Engulfed in the delightfully merging scents of the crisp new and musky old book collections you soon retreat to a cosy armchair, completely absorbed in your own little…

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Bookshop Spotlight: Thistle Books Glasgow

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The first entry in our Bookshop Spotlight series is the West End treasure trove that is Thistle Books! Located (hidden) on a small lane just off Otago Street, Thistle Books is owned and run by Robert Dibble and is packed to the rafters with literary delights, an impressive selection of sheet music and a well-stocked history section with a particularly Scottish flavour.

Discovered only recently after a jaunt to the nearby Tchai Ovna, I was charmed by the shop’s cosy atmosphere and excellent variety. It eschews the sort of Black Books-esque disarray and mania that most second-hand bookshops seem to thrive on – indeed, though bursting at the seams, there’s (joy) actual floor space and some semblance of order. Which appeals to strange folk like myself, who consider a Saturday spent hoovering a very satisfying day indeed.

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Southbank Centre Book Market, London

I was looking for something on Google recently when I spotted a webpage about Southbank Centre Book Market.

Their webpage says,

“Southbank Centre’s Book Market is one of London’s best kept secrets. Tucked under the Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk, it’s one of the only outdoor second-hand and antique book markets in southern England. It’s open daily, rain or shine, with a wide selection of paperbacks and hardcover to choose from.”

I’d love to visit here in the future 🙂

There’s nothing daunting about Daunts


DauntsLove travelling – check, love reading – check, then you’ll love Daunts bookshop. What could be better than a bookshop designed especially for travellers who love reading?

Nestled along one of my favourite streets in London, is one of my favourite bookshops in London. Daunts has been a feature of Marylebone high street since 1989, and if one of the few truly unique independent books shops left in London.
It specialises in travel literature & guides, but also boasts an impressive selection of fiction in the upstairs gallery. It’s one of those rare bookstores that is so beautifully laid out that you want to buy every book your eye lands on.
Their travel books go well beyond guides, although there are an extensive number of these for sure-probably the best selection in the city.

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But what really sets this place apart for the travel guru is that everything is based…

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