17 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Bookstores | Mental FlossSo, you want to be a bookseller. Bookselling can be kind of magical—discovering new titles, meeting authors, and connecting books with other like-minded people. Bookselling can also be kind of a drag—frantically searching shelves and databases for an elusive title, dealing with difficult or rude customers, and a whole lot of heavy lifting. When it comes to getting hired at an independent bookstore, a love of books is a starting point, not a qualification. The position requires a large amount of energy, enthusiasm, curiosity, patience, and the ability to think on your feet. And no, booksellers do not get to read all day, or even part of the day.
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Endless shelves of stories and characters, all at your eager fingertips. And while most of us have probably spent a significant amount of time wandering the aisles, few of us know what goes on behind the scenes. Here are some insights into the life of a bookstore, gleaned from the people who keep the shelves stocked. It is my favorite question in the world! Give me some clues.
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As Jennifer Lobaugh arrived at the Strand Book Store to apply for a job this spring, she remembered feeling jittery. She rode the elevator to the third floor, sat down at a long table and scanned the quiz: a list of titles and a list of authors. But then she had doubts. Lobaugh, 27, who has an M. It moves 2.