How the bookstores have been transforming themselves: ‘We’ve taken it from a place of chaos to a place where people are reading and interacting’
NATIONAL BOOKSTORE BILL CLARK, N.Y. — It’s a place filled with books.
It’s one of the busiest bookshops in the country, a destination for students, professors, professionals and anyone else who wants to read.
The bookstores are a hub of commerce and community, and they are thriving.
“We’ve been in a very good place since the recession,” said Nats Bookstore Manager Tim McManus.
“We had about 20 people in our bookshop when we opened.
Today, it’s nearly 40.
We’ve taken that growth, expanded it and now it’s become a thriving business.
We are one of about 30 bookstores in New York City that is able to survive and thrive without the help of government assistance.”
McManus is one of several Nats bookstores that are doing it with the help in part of the $5.3 billion state budget that passed this year.
The bill, which passed the state legislature last week, also includes $1.3 million in grants for bookstores and related businesses to be able to open up shop.
It’s a major step for the industry, which has been struggling to maintain its market share for the last few years.
The New York State Department of Business Regulation is overseeing the new rules, which are expected to make it easier for the Nats to expand their business, including by hiring more workers, getting rid of bookstores’ closed windows and opening them again as part of a larger mall.
In the past, bookstores were more of a destination, with large sections devoted to students, teachers and the like, according to McManuss.
Now, booksellers can do everything from stocking up on books to selling out of stock.
“It’s been really good for the businesses and it’s been a good way for them to get back into business,” he said.
The legislation allows Nats Books to open stores as a business, which will give it a more competitive advantage than traditional bookstores.
But it also puts a new spotlight on the struggling bookstores, which have faced increasing competition from the more modern bookstores across the city.
“There is a real need for a new approach,” said David C. Deutsch, an attorney and professor at New York University School of Law.
“What we’ve seen in other cities is that it has been hard to attract people who are used to buying in bulk.
This legislation will help bring back a better market that people want to shop in.”
Deutsch said the booksellings that are opening up are trying to adapt to the changing marketplace.
They may not be the largest of them, but they are also trying to be more efficient and less wasteful.
“They are trying not to have a large store,” he explained.
“The number one thing is they have to be smart about it.”
Some bookstores also are closing, and other bookstores will be able open again in the coming years.
McManuses bookstore has closed, and another bookseller has agreed to shutter.
“It’s hard to predict what will happen,” he admitted.
“I think the big bookstores like ours are going to be OK.
I don’t know what the bookshoppers of the future are going do.”
But the book stores that are thriving now are thriving because they have a stronger community and a stronger business model.
They are able to sell books to customers who want them, and those customers are willing to pay a higher price for them, said C.J. Dickson, president of the New York Booksellers Association.
He said N.C. Booksells has a much higher profit margin than other booksellies, which means it can afford to offer a higher-quality book, which makes it easier to attract customers.
“The reason we have a high profit margin is because we can offer a much larger selection,” he added.
“And they are willing pay for a better quality book.
If they don’t like it, they can go to another store.”
For the past decade, Nats has been on a mission to create a more welcoming environment for its bookstores to operate.
It opened a second store, the Nantucket Bookshop, in the West Village and expanded into the East Village.
Its second bookshop in the Lower East Side opened in mid-2016.
And in 2015, the chain opened a new location in Times Square.
“Nats is the place to be,” said McManuse.
“Nats Bookshop is the one you go to.
I have seen people come in and buy books.
That is the kind of book that Nats wants to offer.
We want to make sure that we don’t have a place that is a place for us to sell our books to people who don’t want to buy from us.
It will be the same kind of bookstore