Tideland Books and Bottle Shop
Tideland Books and Bottle Shop
Tideland: an independent bookstore and beer shop, as well as a worldwide community and information sharing forum for publishers.
Tideland: an independent bookstore and beer shop, as well as a worldwide community and information sharing forum for publishers. Read more
About this project
Tideland is an indie bookstore and craft bottle shop located in Astoria, Oregon, a beautiful town on the Oregon coast.
Cameron and Kirsten Pierce (Lazy Fascist Press), Michael J. Seidlinger (Civil Coping Mechanisms), J. David Osborne (Broken River Books), and Matthew Revert (acclaimed cover designer) are teaming up to launch Tideland Books and Bottle Shop, an independent bookstore and beer shop in Astoria, Oregon as well as a worldwide community and information sharing forum for publishers and readers of independent books.
Tideland will be a destination where readers can connect directly with independent publishers and writers for personalized recommendations, almost exclusively from indie publishers whose books and ethics we endorse. We'll also offer beer/book pairings, readings with some of today's biggest independent authors, and beer tastings. Tideland is more than a bookstore. It's a space for lovers of books and beer to connect, engage, and inspire one another.
A MARRIAGE OF BOOKS AND BEER
Craft beer is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, but only twenty years ago, many of today’s most popular craft beers (particularly hoppy IPAs) were made exclusively in garages, basements, and the back rooms of small breweries. Brewers made these beers for themselves and other brewers, thinking there was no way these esoteric beers could ever have wide appeal. But by nurturing a supportive community where breweries serve as allies rather than competitors, craft beer has experienced a meteoric rise. Bringing people together through good beer is the credo of these craft brewers. Independent literature is in a similar position right now, and Tideland will bring those two great forces together.
THE FUTURE OF BOOKS
Publishing is in a state of upheaval. Amazon dominates the digital market, major publishers are merging, the death of the novel is declared on a weekly basis, and the last big box bookstore is dying out. Despite the uncertainty across the larger publishing world, independent books are flourishing. Thanks to our ability to connect to readers on the ground level, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Broken River, and Lazy Fascist Press have built large, devoted readerships. By joining forces, we can bring independent literature to the next level.
Astoria is the oldest settlement on the west coast. A short drive from Portland, this coastal town’s burgeoning arts scene and stark views of the massive Columbia River make it the ideal location for Tideland.
HOW WE GET THERE
In order to ensure that Tideland gets off to a successful start, we need to secure some of our initial funds. We’re doing that through a Kickstarter campaign, which is going on right now. Funds will be used for space renovations, licensing, stock of books and beer, and investing in building the Tideland website, where digital books from all of today’s top independent publishers can be purchased in multiple formats, free of Amazon.
Risks and challenges
Like any other business, there's a chance that Tideland will not catch on. That's why we're keeping overhead low. Additionally, with our combined experience in publishing, design, customer service, and accounting, we've already developed an achievable budget and sound business plan.
The goal of Tideland is to establish a central headquarters in a town we want to grow with, but eventually, we want to take Tideland nationwide. In time, we'll be launching an online platform that will function as a store, magazine, and web community. That'll take years of hard work and dedication, but we're in this for the long haul. Even if you're unable to visit our Astoria location, we want you to feel like Tideland is your community bookstore.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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