Do ya' think opening a bookstore specializing in Crime Fiction makes sense?

We hear all kinds of stories about bookstores, publishers, etc., pulling the shades and locking their doors permanently. So does it make sense for anyone to even consider opening a bookstore that would specialize in a particular genre? (for me, I'm thinking Detective/Mystery and anything directly related to it).

Would something like this have even a ghost of a chance to survive? would it have to be a brick-and-mortar store? Or do you think it could work just on the web? (of course, all of this is speculative. Finding start-up money would be just an ever-so-slight problem).

But still, it's an interesting idea.

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Comment by I. J. Parker on August 12, 2009 at 12:11am
But San Francisco is gorgeous -- one of the great cities of the world.
Comment by Neil Nyren on August 11, 2009 at 11:27pm
As others have noted, there are plenty of stores that specialize only in crime, and most of them combine bricks-and-mortar with a booming direct-mail and online business. There are also many sf/fantasy specialty stores around the country, and I know of stores that specialize just in cookbooks/culinary arts and in travel.
Comment by John McFetridge on August 11, 2009 at 1:55pm
Yeah, I'll be there.

It really is a lot of fun.
Comment by Jon Loomis on August 11, 2009 at 1:38pm
Indie's about seven hours... Hmmmm....
Comment by B.R.Stateham on August 11, 2009 at 1:30pm
The 'll one in St. Looie will be the closest for me.
Comment by Jon Loomis on August 11, 2009 at 1:27pm
I'm putting all my money in whiskey and dynamite, just in case. You going to B-con, brother John?
Comment by John McFetridge on August 11, 2009 at 1:25pm
Well, in 2010 it's in san Fransisco and 2011 will be St. Louis, either of those any better?

Many of the other conventions are also really good. Left Coast Crime will be in LA in March, 2010, I'd like to go to that.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on August 11, 2009 at 1:18pm
Brother John, wished I could.
Comment by John McFetridge on August 11, 2009 at 1:17pm
Hey B.R., youshould come to Bouchercon this year and talk to the booksellers in the dealer's room.

Well, I think you should come to Bouchercon anyway, it's always a good time.

Check it out:
http://www.bouchercon2009.com/
Comment by John McFetridge on August 11, 2009 at 9:13am
Sleuth of Baker Street in Toronto specializes in crime fiction (and some true crime) and the owners tell me that their business os about half walk-in and half online. Every month the store puts out a very good newsletter full of new releases. They also have a lot of events at the store, book launches, readings and so on.

So, I would say, yes, there is a future for specialty bookstores but they may have to be a little more than just books on shelves.

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