Shakespeare & Co has opened at 2020 Broadway! This has been a long time coming for nostalgic Upper West Siders. They used to have a location on 81st and Broadway, but it closed in 1996. The new store, located between 69th and 70th Streets, is 3,000 square feet and features a cafe, WiFi, and a book machine where customers can self-publish books the store doesn’t carry (including your own work).
Their patented Espresso Book Machine is a 3D printer which prints quality books using recycled paper … only printing what is actually going to get purchased. It will cost publishers only $15 to print a 150 page book.
Shakespeare & Co can also display and sell your book, including offering book talks and readings!
Additional services for self-publishing authors include editing and graphic design.
The independent book store also has a digital catalogue through which you can search through seven million titles! You can start conducting your search right here. They also offer cool merchandise like an Alice in Wonderland tote bag, a “Banned Books Mug” with a list of the most notorious banned books, and a globe for just $15.99 (seems cheap to me).
Shakespeare and Co also has a cafe serving all of the hot and iced coffee varieties, pastries and sandwiches.
Photos of Shakespeare & Co on the Upper West Side
Shakespeare & Co. also has an Upper East Side location at 939 Lexington Ave, between 68th and 69th Streets, and a location in Philadelphia. They’re also planning on opening a West Village location this year.
Upcoming Events at Shakespeare & Co at 2020 Broadway
Tuesday, December 11th from 6:30pm to 8pm
The author will read excerpts from his books, answer questions, and sign his books.
Josh Lieb is the author of books including “I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil” and “I Want to be Your Class President”. He was also the producer of Pod Save America on HBO, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, & The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for The Simpsons and Newsradio.
STORY: The Art of Standing Out
Thursday, December 13th from 6:30pm to 8pm
Written by Kimberly Norton, a clinical psychologist specializing in the interface between psychology, business and storytelling. The author will give a presentation on how to do just this.
Book Launch: Sarah Stern
Thursday, January 17th from 7pm to 8:30pm
The author will read from her new poetry collection, entitled “We Have Been Lucky in the Midst of Misfortune”.
A question and answer session and a book signing will follow her presentation.