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“Rebel Bookseller” Inspires Pittsburgh Entrepreneur

March 20, 2013

If you think the physical bookstore is dead, just try convincing Eric Ackland. Starting April 3rd, the 41-year-old Pittsburgh resident will take over ownership of the city’s beloved Awesome Books, renaming it Amazing Books.

And it never would have happened without Andrew Laties’ Rebel Bookseller, the book which inspired Ackland to pursue his lifelong dream.

Rebel Bookseller: Why Indie Businesses Represent Everything You Want to Fight for, from Free Speech to Buying Local to Building Communities is the culmination of Laties’ extensive thirty-year experience in bookselling and a powerful testament to the power of independent businesses to grow and transform, along with the communities of which they are inextricably a part. Rebel Bookseller is the story of Laties’ success in his own words, complete with personal anecdotes about “making it” and advice for those who wish to try their own hand at the competitive book business.

“Bookstores are personal, quirky assemblages of the rich artifacts called books. Bookstores inspire the creation of analogous, personal libraries for individuals to use to enrich their lives and relationships and futures.”

–Andrew Laties, Rebel Bookseller

“A bookstore is a cultural anchor,” says Ackland. Though Amazing Books will only operate in one location (as opposed to Awesome’s three former branches), its bold new owner is undeterred. In his introduction to Rebel Bookseller, Laties writes that “a life in indie store ownership is worth striving for.” In Ackland’s case, the striving is finally over. Now, the real work can begin.

Read the full story on the Pittsburgh City Paper Blogh and check out Rebel Bookseller in the Seven Stories Press catalog now!

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