Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) April 15, 2005
Larry Portzline, creator of the ÂBookstore TourismÂ concept and author of the book by the same name, has launched a blog to share updates about the project, tips and ideas for booklovers, and insights about the bookselling and publishing industries.
Portzline said the Bookstore Tourism Blog will serve as a companion to his website, BookstoreTourism.com, and will give him more flexibility to reach out to fans and invite them to interact and share their ideas.
The blogÂs address is bookstoretourism.blogspot.com.
ÂThe blog is a great way to keep the information flowing in a timely way,Â said Portzline. ÂItÂll be very interactive, so IÂm hoping to hear from booklovers across the country and around the world who want to start Bookstore Tourism efforts of their own, no matter how big or small.Â
Posts from the blogÂs first week include an update on PortzlineÂs efforts to promote the project; tips for starting ÂBookstore Adventure ClubsÂ and ÂBookstore Exchange TripsÂ; a list of author homes that literary travelers can visit; some advice about self-publishing; and a humorous piece called ÂThe Hazards of Giving a Presentation Facing Backward on a Speeding Bus.Â
ÂThe majority of posts will be very useful, but some will be just for fun,Â Portzline said. ÂItÂs tough to be serious when youÂre talking about someone throwing up during your prepared remarks, or about the bus almost leaving somebody behind at a fast food joint.Â
Portzline says future posts will address a wide variety of topics, from competition in the bookselling industry to publicizing his book, from working with travel agents to anecdotes about what goes wrong or right along the way.
A writer and college instructor in Harrisburg, PA, Portzline was a jury member for Publishers WeeklyÂs 2005 Bookseller of the Year Award. He is the author of ÂBookstore Tourism: The Book AddictÂs Guide to Planning & Promoting Bookstore Road Trips for Bibliophiles & Other Bookshop Junkies" ($10, Bookshop Junkie Press, ISBN 0-9758934-0-8).
The Chicago Tribune said, ÂThis little volume might be just the thing to get people not only reading again but visiting their local independents. Spread the word.Â USA Today called it ÂA charming alternative.Â The Boston Globe said, ÂLarry Portzline has taken a novel idea on the road.Â Publishers Weekly said ÂBookstore Tourism might be the beginning of a new concept in bookselling.Â The Midwest Book Review called it Âas much fun as it is informationalÂ and Âone of the most inexpensive and useful book-oriented resources.Â
New articles about Bookstore Tourism appear in the May/June issue of Pages magazine and the May issue of NewsweekÂs Budget Travel.
Portzline plans to release a companion book, ÂThe Bookstore Tourism Travel Journal for Book Addicts on the Go,Â this summer.
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