Well, here's something else I never would have thought of doing: a bookstore on wheels. Think about that for a moment. No ruinous rent increases to pay, no foot-traffic worries, no danger of being stuck in a neighborhood that's going downhill fast or in a strip-mall that's loosing the battle to keep customers coming in. Depending, of course, on city ordinances regarding where a bookseller can park his bookstore for the day, this just has to be better.
One of the pioneers in mobile bookstore set-up is Austin's Fifth Dimension Books (the bookstore shown in the picture just above).
According to the store's website:
I imagine that mobile bookstores would do well at county fairs, school fairs, and the like, too. Potential readers are out there, be they new ones or those not inclined to visit brick & mortar bookstores. If they won't come to the bookstore, bring the bookstore to them. That's like Amazon.com for tree-books...how cool is that?
Check out this newspaper article about Fifth Dimension Books for some detail about the owners and the store.