Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

All About Bookstores . . .


Since I write my blog to help folks explore Reading, Writing, and Publishing; and, since Amazon has been getting way too much press lately, I decided I should write about bookstores :-) 

Bookstores

Image Courtesy of Brendan Gogarty ~ http://www.freeimages.com/profile/brendan76

I also wanted to use a Web app I’ve been exploring—Buzzsumo.

Here’s one user’s description of this app:

“Identify the links that are most shared on social networks, as well as influencers for specific topics. .. really easy to use.”

So, I put in “bookstores” and added the filter for the past 6 months.

Buzzsumo shows how many times each article has been shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

I’ll only give the total shares across all those platforms.

And, I’ll have a question for you at the end…

Here are the 10 most-shared Web articles about bookstores in the last 6 months (with the total number of shares):

1. 17 Bookstores That Will Literally Change Your Life — 241,249

2. World’s coolest bookstores — 84,501

3. The French Do Buy Books. Real Books. — 26,682

4. Literary City, Bookstore Desert — Surging Rents Force Booksellers From Manhattan — 20,386

5. Why Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again — 17,873

6. One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized 15,572

7. Bookstores of New York — 10,806

8. 9 Awe-Inspiring Bookstores Around the World — 9,382

9. 14 New York City Bookstores You Should Visit Before You Die — 8,979

10. The 14 Absolute Best U.S. Kids’ Bookstores (As Chosen By Teachers) — 7,738

So, my question for you is:

Why do you think these particular articles had the most social network shares in the last six months?
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2 responses to “All About Bookstores . . .

  1. Nicholas C. Rossis September 11, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I see that these articles are focused a lot on how bookstores look like, rather than the service they provide. Also, there is some kind of ‘competition’ between traditional and indie authors/bookstores (as can be seen by the French people article and the Indie bookstores).

    I guess that these articles reflect how people see books and bookstores; it also reflects the changes in people’s tastes, I guess!

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai September 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Well, Nicholas, they certainly do focus on the looks a lot—only a couple of the articles cover what’s in all those bookstores…

    My take is that all those shares on social media show how folks “feel” about bookshops, eh?

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