About The Independent Bookseller™
photo credit Carrie Obry. Thanks Carrie!
The Independent Bookseller™ is a weekend website maintained by me, Robert Martin. To be clear, I am not "The Independent Bookseller" -- that would be you, for whom this site is dedicated. This is a website for and about booksellers.
Learning how to learn about this industry is a process in itself. I've developed a suite of tools that I find useful for my personal use and overall education. After many conversations with booksellers and others in the industry, it seems more than a couple booksellers out there might find them useful, too, so I decided to make them public via this here site.
These resources don't really fit into the mission or strategic plan of my weekday employer, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, so I created this supplemental website as a way to share them with booksellers across the country. The resources, content, and opinions found on this site are my own, and are intented to be purely supplemental and complementary to my work at MIBA, and to the work of all other book industry associations, publications, and service providers, without which nothing on this site or in this industry would be possible.
Robert Martin is the director of operations for the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. He has worked as the managing editor for Rain Taxi Review of Books, and before working in the book industry he was the senior editor for Masterplans, a business consulting firm that guided entreprenuers through the startup process. He is a writer, musician, backpacker, and father. You can learn more about Robert at his (other) website.