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Status of the Store

Posted Fri., Jan. 16th, 2009

Books & Bytes went out of business indefinitely in August of 2008 for fiscal reasons.  However, a new store, "Eyes of a Child," is in business at our location, and they are still selling some of the same books we had, as well as a wide variety of other interesting items.  Stop by and say hi to the owner of the new store.

If you want to buy any other books, most of our old inventory (click for a spreadsheet) is still available, and you can purchase books directly from the old store's owner (Mike Frank) by calling him at (850) 597-2046.

Final Sales Event this Sat. at Railroad Square

Posted Mon., Sep. 22nd, 2008

This Saturday, September 22nd, 2008, from 11:30-5, Books & Bytes will be holding its final sales event under its current name and owner, a half-price sidewalk sale, at Railroad Square in Tallahassee, outside The Other Side Vintage, 625A Industrial Dr.  (Their number is 224-6666.)

We will be showing selected books, probably chosen from among the following categories of interest:  Arts, Literature, & Philosophy;  Bestsellers & New Releases; Crafts, Hobbies, & Home Life; General Fiction; Historical Fiction; People, Politics, & The World.

New Owner On the Way!

Posted Tue., Sep. 2nd, 2008

Good News!  A buyer has appeared, so instead of closing our doors for ever, Books & Bytes (or some of its assets, at least) is now in the process of being transferred to its new owner!  It will take a few weeks for us to complete this process, but hopefully, the store will be reopening in late September.  Watch for it!

NOTE:  Although the store is not officially open or maintaining regular business hours at present, if you have trade credit on account with us that you wish to use, or if there is a book you have ordered that you would like to pick up, you may call the (old) owner at 597-2046 to arrange a time to come in to get your books.

Bulk Inventory Liquidation

Posted Tue., Aug. 26th, 2008

In addition to our in-store Going-Out-Of-Business ("GOOB") sale this week, you may also purchase our entire inventory in bulk through our eBay auction at tinyurl.com/bbi-auction-2008-08.  Total retail value of our remaining books is more than $50K; asking price: only $25K OBO.  If the auction gets no bids, you may contact us to purchase smaller lots at a later time.  NOTE:  Auction was canceled due to sale of business.

Going Out of Business

Posted Wed., Aug. 13th

Books & Bytes is almost out of capital, and we will be permanently closing our doors at the end of this month.  Our last open day is currently planned to be Friday, August 29th.  During our final week of operation (Aug. 25th - Aug. 29th) we will have a going-out-of-business sale, with all books marked down to half price.

We have enjoyed serving the community, but at this point, all of our own financial resources have been exhausted, and the only way that we could remain open is if a wealthy local benefactor or benefactor(s) wished to help us out by either giving us a large donation or a large loan, buying the store and operating it at a loss, or buying shares.  If you are (or know) someone who might wish to do this, please call Mike at (850) 597-2046.

As of now, we are accepting no more used books for trade.  From now until we close, customers who already have trade credit on account with us may redeem it by using it to pay for up to 100% of their purchases.  After we close, you may request a refund of any remaining trade credit by emailing refunds@BooksAndBytes.biz.  However, since the business is going bankrupt, we cannot guarantee our ability to continue to fulfill these requests after about Sep. 15th.

Music & Poetry on Thu., Aug. 7th @ 2:00 pm

Posted Wed., Aug. 6th

Children's poet Jeff Mondak and children's musician Sergio Wals will be visiting Books and Bytes on Thurs., Aug. 7th from 2:00 pm till 4 or so, to read poems, sing songs, and sign books and CDs.

Jeff Mondak's fun, funny poetry has often been compared to that of Shel Silverstein. Jeff's poems have been published in numerous magazines and books in the United States, Australia, Germany and Sweden. Sergio Wals, originally from Mexico, is a talented singer and guitarist who promises to get you singing along. Sergio Wals' new CD "Michael Closed the Bathroom Door" includes 12 songs made from Jeff's poems. Sergio's CD was just released a month ago, and it is already receiving airplay on children's radio stations. The song "Pluto's Not a Planet Anymore" has been played in planetariums around the world.

You can read more about Jeff and his poetry at

Information about Sergio's new CD can be found at:

 Back-to-School Sale!

Posted Wed., Aug. 6th

From now through August 31st, Books & Bytes is holding a special Back-to-School sale, with 20% discounts on all childrens' books (from newborn through young adult), as well as books on education, teachers' guides, school reading-list books, and any college textbooks or home-school texts that are ordered through our store.  Furthermore, school faculty and administrators can sign up to receive a 20% educational discount on all books year-round.

Ongoing Clearance Sale!

Posted Sat., May. 24th

Currently and until further notice, we are placing excess books on a Clearance table which is out front on our sidewalk when the weather is good.  All books on this table are automatically 70% off of the regular marked price, or, if you buy 1 book at the regular price, you can get 3 others (of equal or lesser value) for free!  This table currently features mainly small romance, suspense, and thriller paperbacks, including many by popular authors.

Obama Supporters Meeting on Thu., June 19th

Posted Tue., June 17th

The Gadsden county chapter of Obama for America will be holding an organizational meeting at Books & Bytes on Thursday, June 19th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.  Please call Mr. Willie Neal, 868-0969 for more information.

Children's Book Signing on Sat., July 26th

Posted Tue., June 17th

Susan L. Womble, author of Newt's World: Beginnings will be visiting our store in the afternoon of Saturday, July 26th, from 1:00-3:00 pm.  She will be signing copies of her book (now on sale at Books & Bytes) and will be leading a variety of fun activities for kids.

Summertime Romance Sale!

Posted Sat., May 24th

Throughout the months of June and July, Books & Bytes will be holding a special "Summertime Romance Sale!" During this seasonal event, we will be stocking a larger number of newly-released romance novels than usual, and we will also be distributing coupons, good for discounts on new and used romance novels, mysteries, and other popular "beach reading" material. Look for our ad in the circular that will appear in Gadsden county mailboxes in late June/early July, or if you can't wait until then, you can print your own, or use some extras that we will have at the counter starting June 1.

Open Memorial Day

Posted Sat., May 24th

Books & Bytes will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 26th) for limited hours: 10 am to 4 pm.

Investors Sought

Posted Fri., May. 9th

Books & Bytes is seeking local benefactors who might be interested in partnering with us and helping to support the store by purchasing shares of ownership in the business. For us to provide investors with a concrete prospectus and detailed terms for this offering will require a prior legal review, but in the meantime, we would be happy to informally discuss various possible investment arrangements with interested parties. For inquiries, please contact the owner, Mike Frank, at mpf@BooksAndBytes.biz or (850) 597-2046.

We had our Grand Opening!

Posted Wed., May. 7th

Books & Bytes had its Grand Opening Celebration, as planned, on Friday and Saturday, May 2nd-3rd, during QuincyFest. We had lots of balloons, free food, and discounted books! The event was very well attended, and we had a very nice ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, with the City Manager & County Commissioner in attendence, which was featured on TV on channel 13 last night. Our kids (and others) attended the event too, and had a great time at the store as well as at the rest of the festival. Blues music and the smell of good BBQ wafted in the door all day!

The store's Chief Watercolor Artist poses outside the store on Friday, May 2nd, before the arrival of the Grand Opening crowds.