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Alice Meyer to Represent Bookstores and Publishers on the ICB Advisory Council

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New Council member will focus on the explosive changes in the publishing industry that have occurred in the past few years - the rise of e-books, the growth of self-publishing, the dominance of Amazon.com and the uncertainty of the big chain bookstores as they all relate to getting books into the hands of people - and getting them to read.

Alice Meyer to Represent Bookstores and Publishers on the ICB Advisory Council

Alice Meyer

Alice Meyer, owner of Beaverdale Books, has been appointed to the ICB Advisory Council by State Librarian Mary Wegner. "Alice has made Beaverdale Books one of Iowa's foremost independent bookstores," said Wegner. "She will bring extensive knowledge of Iowa's current literary scene to the Iowa Center for the Book's Advisory Council."

Alice was born in New York City and lived in Michigan and Massachusetts before coming to Iowa as a VISTA Volunteer after graduating from college.  Except for a few years of graduate school, she never left and considers Iowa her home.  Her first career was as a social worker and she practiced in the fields of gerontology, employment, and community development.  She worked for the Iowa Department of Economic Development for 21 years, coordinating funds and compliance areas for infrastructure and housing programs.

"After a rough day at the office, I decided to open a bookstore," said Meyer.  Two years later, in 2006, Beaverdale Books opened its doors.  For the first four years, Alice worked both jobs, going to IDED early in the morning and working at the bookstore late nights and weekends.  Finally in 2010, she was able to take advantage of the State's Early Retirement Program.  "I pretty much live at the bookstore full-time now."

During her time on the ICB Advisory Council, Alice would like to focus on the explosive changes in the publishing industry that have occurred in the past few years - the rise of e-books, the growth of self-publishing, the dominance of Amazon.com and the uncertainty of the big chain bookstores as they all relate to getting books into the hands of people - and getting them to read. "I hope to offer the small bookseller's perspective regarding the challenges and joys of working with the written word.  I cannot imagine a life without reading."


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