Over at Bookbound, Megan and Peter Blackshear were visibly relieved to hear that Rooney isn't exiting the book business because they and Literati had entered it. The Blackshears had heard that she was trying to sell but kept quiet about it. They agree that there is, in theory, enough business for everyone.
So how was their first holiday season? "Well, it was definitely better than November," says Megan. "But other than that, we don't have any basis for comparison."
"The data doesn't tell us a whole lot," agrees Peter. "We just go day to day. But here's something: We were mentally prepared for a bad January, but it's been better than November. That seems to mean the word is getting out."
They didn't have any runaway hits during the high season. "I don't know how it is at Literati or Nicola's," he says, "but our sales are really dispersed. We've sold a thousand books, but it's usually one or two of a title." Still, they had a few best sellers, including The Goldfinch and blogger Allie Brosh's collection of essays, Hyperbole and a Half.