What Bookstores Buy: St. Mark’s Bookshop in New York City

August 5, 2013

By Meghan Ahearn

© Jordan Baumgarten

Inside St. Mark’s Bookshop, where the goal, says co-owner Bob Contant, is to offer “an interesting selection of books that’s not particularly commercial.”

With the rising popularity of photo books—both self-published and traditionally published—photographers are faced with a challenge: How to make their books stand out amongst the shelves of titles at both general interest and art bookstores. For insight, we asked book buyers at five independent bookstores across the country how they choose the books they buy, how they evaluate self-published photo...

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