Almanac

Cover Story - July 17, 2013

A snapshot of what's changed at the reinvented Kepler's

Inventory

Now: 47,000 books in stock. Then: 12,500.

Previous management was gradually liquidating its stock in anticipation of closing the store, however. The average inventory of the new Kepler's for the April-June quarter of 2013 was 43,000 books, up from 33,000 in the same quarter of 2012 at the old Kepler's, according to Praveen Madan.

The store hopes to have 60,000 titles by summer's end.

Events

Now: 16 events per month. Then: 12 per month.

The type of events as well as the number has changed, with Kepler's doing more on-stage author interviews, social events such as the book swaps, writing classes, and incorporating technology such as livestreaming the presidential debate.

Bestseller during the past year

"My Beloved World," a memoir by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Customers

Most common question: "How can we buy e-books and still support Kepler's?"

Favorite staff anecdotes: A customer wrote a poem for a staff member to thank her for her help in finding a book.

Another customer asked if they could get their Kindle repaired at Kepler's.

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