Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Standard Space Betweeen Bookshelves in a Retail Stores

Every bookstore must have bookshelves to display books. Bookshelves are arranged in rows to enable visitors browse the books based on the categories and titles that they are looking for. When a bookstore is crowded by book lovers, the space between the bookshelves have to be wide enough for at least two people moving in opposite direction without colliding each other and without hitting the books. Therefore, there has to be a standard width to allow book lovers to walk around inside the bookstore. From my personal experience 1 meter is a reasonable distance for home based bookstore with only small room whereas 2 meters are recommended for large bookstore. Bookshelves can be manufactured from wood, metal, or plastic. Metal bookshelves do not need a lot of space when installed leaving enough space for people to walk around.
As an owner of a home based bookstore, I give one meter space between the bookshelves to provide an area for book lovers to stand between them and read the information at the front and back covers of each book. Actually 1 meter is too narrow for adults but they are adequate for home based bookstore because the bookshelves are short. In addition, most of the visitors in my bookstore during the busy time (between 9 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. are elementary school children. How many bookshelves do I need in my bookstore?
In countries where the average body size is bigger than Asia, the standard space will be 1.5 meters for home based bookstore. I cannot give accurate assessment to this because I have never visited any foreign countries. So, 2 meters are good because it provides enough room for 2 people facing the respective bookshelves while one is walking a long the aisle. In other words, the space between the bookshelves is enough to accommodate three people standing in different poses - 2 facing the books while another is walking. That's my personal recommendation. If your store is not a bookstore, you will need to see the design of the shelves and their standard dimensions from Data Architect, a very good book - written by Ernst Neufert. In this book, Neufert recommend 120 cm as the standard space
Also read: How to manage a bookstore

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Standard Operational Procedure for Cleaning Dusty Bookshelves in a Bookstore

Regular cleaning of bookshelves is an important part of managing a bookstore. Dusty bookshelves will look dirty and make the books placed on them dirty. When book lovers stand in front of dirty bookshelves, they will not be interested in exploring every shelf to find the books that they want to read. They might pick up one or two books but when they find out that the surface of the book's cover is dirty with dust, they will put it back on the shelf again and walk out of the bookstore. To prevent it from happening to my bookstore, I regularly clean the bookshelves. Cleaning bookshelves may look like a trivial thing to do but it is a regular activities that bookstore owner needs to do every day, particularly it the shop is located near a busy street. Bookstores that are located in tropical region cannot keep their windows shut due to high temperature and high humidity. Windows and doors have to be left opened during work hours to ensure smooth flow of air in and out of the bookstore building. With continuous air circulation in the bookstore, thin layers of dust form on all of the surface of the bookshelves, tile floor and window glasses. Here are the standard procedure that I compose based on my personal experience in cleaning my bookshelves from dust.
  • First, remove the books from the shelf that we are going to clean. Starting from the top shelf. Usually, the books, are taken one by one and put on the lower shelf without changing their sequential order.
  • Second step, use a wet or damp cloth and wipe the surface of the bookshelf. After the first wipe, wash the cloth and wring it out again for doing the second wipe. When the whole flat surface of the shelf has been cleaned, the next cleaning is the corner of the bookshelf or the smaller areas where wiping is a little more difficult.
  • Third, leave the shelf to dry for around three to five minutes. After that clean the remaining dust or small hair still left on the surface of the bookshelf using a duster.
  • Fourth, after the bookshelf has been cleaned, return the books to their original places or sequential order. 
A clean bookshelf will look more attractive and be more appealing to book lovers. Clean your bookshelves regularly and arrange your books neatly to increase the revenue of your bookstore in no time.

Friday, June 4, 2010

How many shelves do I need for my bookstore?

The number of shelves that you need for your bookstore depends on the number of books and the categories which you want to provide. When you place the books on the shelves the front cover or face of the books have to be visible to enable the customers see the title of the books.
When managing a bookstore, bookshelves are arranged in rows according to the categories. For instance, the categories of management, accounting, and economics should be grouped in adjacent shelves whereas the book categories of law and politics should be placed side by side. It is important to buy bookshelves that will support or bear the whole surface of the back cover of the books to avoid the books to be buckled. Bookshelf design is an important criteria when you want to buy them.
Bookshelves manufacturer usually provide their products that are made of wood, aluminum or plastic. Wooden bookshelves are good but they need more spaces. Aluminum bookshelves are light but they should be painted white, or gray or other soft colors.
As the owner of a bookstore, I often rotate the placement of the books in order to create new shopping environment for the customers. Sometimes products other than books are offered in my bookstore but they should be relevant with the core business of the bookstore. Products such as school supplies and office supplies are still relevant. It is weird if you put groceries in the bookstore isn't it? by Charles Roring

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book categories in Xavier bookstore

Xavier bookstore sell books about Christianity but we also sell books on such categories as computer, university textbooks, popular health, business, management, law and politics. We also provide books in limited number for other religion particularly on titles that encourage inter-faith dialogue or discourse on more contemporary issues such as cultural tradition, women, and medical matters. Our customers are from elementary school up to university students and from farmers to businessmen.
In addition to selling books, we provide art supplies and school supplies. Some office supply merchandise are also being offered in Xavier bookstore. To support local artists, the walls of the Xavier bookstore have been decorated with drawings created by Papuan artists.
Xavier bookstore of Manokwari does not have any chain connection with other bookstore around the world that also use Xavier as their name. We might share the same spirit and mission from Saint Francis Xavier but we have separate management system. Managing a bookstore is similar to managing a retail enterprise. We do our best to meet the various demand of our customers by providing books that are high in quality yet affordable in price. For us price should be affordable but the cleanliness and neatness of a bookstore of the bookstore are two important factors in creating a comfortable environment for book lovers to get a good shopping experience in Xavier bookstore.
As a retail store that provides books to general public in Manokwari city, we do face competition which we see as opportunities to improve our service and to provide books that are more varied in titles and numbers.
To serve people from other islands of the country, we provide an online bookshop which internet users can visit at The presentation of the bookstore is given in a blog format to enable visitors to browse and search for titles that they are looking for. We haven't provided the e-commerce shopping cart solution because we know that in Indonesia, online transaction using credit card is still difficult to be conducted. Most online bookstores serve their customers through direct bank transfer.
We may adapt to market demand in the future if the platform for a secure credit card transaction has been provided in Indonesia by launching an e-commerce shopping cart technology for our online bookshop.
For the present time, all online book orders are still processed via email, sms and bank transfer. by Charles Roring

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