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The Bookstore

Books & ReadingAfter a lot of planning (and procrastination) it's time to move forward with "The Bookstore." At this point, I'm starting to collect books to build up the swap-library and create an initial inventory. It's a simple concept, really. Anyone who brings in a book will receive a $1.00 credit, and customers will pay $2.00 for each used book. All prices are fixed at that level, regardless of hardback or softback.

After you've read the book, bring it back when you're done for a $1.00 credit. And so on... The end effect is that you will end up paying $1.00 per book, and have access to a large selection of "previously read" books. Also, you'll have a place to get rid of the books you've read and don't plan on reading again. And, the rotation of books through the store pays the overhead. Neat idea, eh?

I don't expect this thing to make a lot of money, and hopefully it will make just enough to cover the operating expenses. If I break even, I'll be happy. At this point, I'm looking to accept the initial donations from all you readers out there who want to take part.

I'm also looking around for an ecomonical (read; cheap) retail space to run this operation. So far, it looks like $8.00 per meter per month is the going rate for commercial space. I'm actively shopping around for something a lot cheaper, so if you know of anything please let me know. And, I need a big space (for a lot of books)...

If you would like to make a donation (as in, turn in books for credit) please give me a call at 214-3197, 648-7407 cell, or (vonage) 845-810-0208, or email me at and we can arrange for a drop-off or pick-up. Thanks again for your continued support.

Also, this will be the Panama City base. If there's anyone out there in the hinterlands like Altos, Bocas, David, or wherever who would like to establish a similar operation and cooperate, we could trade inventory as long as your operating system and pricing structure is identical. Let me know...

Finally, I'm looking into a barcode and databasing technology that would allow readers to check our current inventory to see what's available online. That will be coming later. But for now it's going to be scratchy pencil or something similar.

Please contact me if you've got a box or two of used books sitting around.

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The Bookstore
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, September 13 2005 @ 03:10 PM UTC


Fabulous idea. I'm an avid reader and was wondering how I could economically access books to read in Panama when I move into my condo in David. For the first year or two, I will only be spending 2-3 months in Panama, then I may retire there permanently. Let me know if you get any "takers" in David.


The Bookstore
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 07 2008 @ 01:59 PM UTC

Dolega has the biggest English book store here in Dolega. If Harold don't have it, he will get. He is an American and started the store when he first came to Pamana many years ago and built it up to what it is today. If your comming through here, please stop in and tell Harold I sad hi. Dolega is between David and Boquete. David is the capital of Chiriqui. Thanks for looking.

Ed Case