There's a unique sense of warmth and familiarity that washes over you when entering a local, independent bookstore, and that's exactly what McKenna Jordan tries to cultivate as owner of Murder By The Book on Bissonnet. Though it wasn't initially part of her post-college life-plan--she wanted to go to Law School--Jordan's group of employees has turned into a family of bookworms that spends more time together than any normal family should.
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"We work several hours a week together, we work in close quarters, we have birthday parties together--we spend a lot of time together. So, you know, if I know that someone is going through a tough time and they need time off, then they get extra days. It's flexible in that it is a family type of environment."
The store's status as independent allows Jordan's employees a lot of creative input when it comes to the store's inventory. Any books that staff members are passionate about will be ordered and placed on shelves, even if they're about needlepoint, according to her.
In a time when Amazon delivery drones are on the horizon and print literature is being slowly replaced by e-readers and Kindles, stores like Murder By The Book hold a special place in the hearts of book lovers. For Jordan, who graduated from the University of Houston with degrees in English Literature and Violin Performance, that special place gives the store a unique purpose.
"Amazon doesn't host author events. So we host those events, where people get a signed print book. We continue to discover new authors and to sell those titles, and we're hand-selling books to our customers. I'm directly interacting with them, and we're constantly giving them recommendations. Amazon and Barnes and Noble don't do that."More »