How a bookstore sold itself to become the most popular college bookshop on Amazon is a story told by two authors.
In this exclusive excerpt, author Tom Simon tells his story about how a bookstore in suburban New Jersey became one of the most highly ranked online retailers in the world.
“We had a great deal of success, but it was only after we opened our doors to the public that we found out that our bookstore was the #1 best-selling college bookseller on Amazon,” Simon told The Sports Bible in an exclusive interview.
The book, called “Book of the Month,” is available for free online and in bookstores nationwide.
It has been the best-seller in all categories, including college and high school.
“The book was the first college book that I ever bought and it was a huge success.
I mean, it was phenomenal,” Simon said.
Simon grew up in the Philadelphia area.
He moved to his parents’ house in California in 1992, but he never graduated from college.
He worked as a bartender and was eventually hired as a bookkeeper at the Philadelphia Public Library.
The job required him to work at a high-profile location, so Simon decided to take a chance and open his own bookstore.
He says the bookstores success helped him realize he wanted to pursue a career in books.
“I was very fortunate to be able to get that experience,” he said.
Simon says the bookstore was one of his first successes.
“After that first bookstore, I thought, I’ll try to do something like this,” Simon explained.
Simon bought a bookstore to be a “big-ticket item,” and he wanted a bookstore that was available to all.
In 2006, Simon opened “The Book Store” in West Philadelphia.
The bookshop was a mix of books, magazines, and bookshelves, and Simon thought it was the perfect location.
“At the time, I was not as well-known as some of the others in the book world, but I was definitely in the top 10,” Simon recounted.
Simon says his bookstore became a major source of inspiration for the other bookstores in the area.
“There was a certain type of bookstore that I really enjoyed.
And I really felt that I had a unique voice that I was able to create with that store,” Simon added.
Simon’s bookstore grew in popularity, and he says the community of people who frequented the store helped propel the bookstore to become a “global success.”
“I think a lot of it was people that we started working with who had a very different view of bookstores than I did,” Simon admitted.
Simon is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a co-author of several books including ” The First College Bookstore ,” “The Best of Bookstores,” and ” Book of the Year: What You Need to Know About Your Favorite Books .”
Simon says the success of his bookstore was an amazing thing for his family.
“My parents were really proud of us,” Simon recalled.
Simon told The Sport Bible that he had the same idea when he bought his first book, ” The Book of Bookkeeping ,” in 2002.
He didn’t think it would become a national best-sellers list until his son asked him to take part in a book launch.
“And I thought ‘Wow, this is really exciting,'” Simon said, “because I was already on my way to becoming a successful author.”
Simon said his store had a loyal following and he was thrilled to see how his bookstore had helped him achieve success.
“So, I started talking to other people in the community,” Simon continued.
“And I was talking to a lot more people than I had in the past.”
Simon’s experience has been shared by other authors and bookstores alike.
“It’s hard to do things like this in a bookstore,” Simon noted.
“The people that I work with at The Book Store are so passionate about books.
And it’s so exciting that we’re able to share this story.”
Simon says that he’s thankful for the positive feedback that his store has received.
“People were so supportive of what we were doing,” Simon pointed out.
“People are very passionate about the books they read and want to share that passion with others.”
Simon has plans to open his next book store sometime this year, and the bookstore’s future is bright.
“This is the best book store in the city, and I’m so grateful to be here, to have been in this position,” Simon stressed.