A bookstore dedicated to self-published authors has opened in Florida – Gulf Coast operates very differently from a traditional bookstore chain or independent. Self-published authors rent shelf space for three months for (US) $60, plus a $15 set-up fee, close to what they might spend to exhibit a single title at a day-long book fair. They also handle stocking and restocking. In return, the authors receive 100% of every sale rather than 40% from a bookstore that sells their books on consignment.
A bricks-and-mortar bookstore for self-published authors. Is this an idea whose time has come? Could it work in other tourist traps, say here in Southern Ontario?