Buy LAP Books in Cincinnati at Downbound Books


I am pleased to announce that you can buy almost the full line of Lost Art Press books at Downbound Books at 4139 Apple St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45223.

This independent bookstore is run by Gregory Kornbluh, and we are thrilled to work with him to make our books available to locals.


When we decided to cut back on the number of days the storefront will be open in 2020 (only June 13 and Dec. 14, 2020), we started looking for a local bookstore to carry our titles. Many times people come through town and ask us: Where can I buy your books?

The funny thing is that Greg found us. He had attended one of our open days at the Covington storefront and then approached me at a Built to Spill concert earlier this year. As he had good taste in music, we were eager to see if that carried over to books (it did).

Only Indies

People ask why we sell only through independent stores – and not Amazon. It’s simple: Amazon is not friendly to small publishers. It slashes prices to the bone so it has the lowest price on the planet (sometimes to where it loses money on the sale) and then it sucks up all the sales. And then you basically work for Amazon.

No thanks.

You actually can buy our books on Amazon through resellers who jack the prices up to crazy heights, looking for a sucker. “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” is currently listed there for $111. “Virtuoso” is there for just $599.50. We cannot stop this; it’s the caveat emptor part of a free market economy.

— Christopher Schwarz


About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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6 Responses to Buy LAP Books in Cincinnati at Downbound Books

  1. Gene ORourke says:

    Fantastic! Best of all, a new bookstore to explore!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. flyandgrain says:

    At the risk of being a target for the army of drones that will eventually be out oppressors, I hate Amazon.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Samuel Cappo says:

    The predecessor to Built to Spill, Treepeople is a wonderful band. They covered Big Mouth Strikes Again by the Smiths on their album Something Vicious for Tomorrow.

    While rare….they delivered that song better than Mr. Morrissey.

    I will be prepared to fend off a hoard of New Wave 50 year olds tonight.

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  4. Vince says:

    I frequent a lot of used bookstores but have yet to find any LAP books there. A lot of Norm Abram and Sunset books on wall units, but no Schwarz or Hiller. That’s probably a good thing for you; used book stores are like the dust bins of history for the publishing world.


  5. If your storefront is not open, you might want to call it something else 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. snwoodwork says:

    I saw BTS on the same tour earlier this year, though much farther south. Good times.


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