I attended a session Friday evening with Michael Moore at the annual NCIBA conference. He was there to promote his new book Here Comes Trouble out now from Grand Central Publishing.
Michael came in a few minutes late but no one in the packed room seemed to mind. He started off by saying he was late because he got distracted at Occupy Oakland where police officials used tear gas on a peaceful protest two days prior to his event.
Moore was incredibly charismatic and had a lot of good things to say about the book industry. He stated that e-books were never going to tear down indie booksellers or the paper book, that indies are a beacon of the community.
The meeting became incredibly interesting when Moore opened the floor for questions and Brad the owner of Book Smart in Morgan Hill California asked why Moore put his books on Amazon. Brad later said that if Moore and a few other influential authors would sell their books in indie stores only at store cost it would bring more foot traffic into the stores and result in better sales for the store. While they are there for Here Comes Trouble, they may pick up another book that isn’t being sold at cost.
Michael ended the evening by encouraging the booksellers in attendance to go out on the streets and occupy with the rest of the nation. I for one cannot wait to read Here Comes Trouble, Grand Central passed copies around to booksellers at the end of the evening.