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Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Corporate Literary Empire Falleth, Indie Bookstores Re-rise?

Here's a link to an article that is both hopeful on the one hand, and a little negative on the other. It's hopeful because, as the author says, the closing out of the talked about chain store may pave the way for indie bookstores to make a comeback. It's a little negative in that this store's closing out sort of implies how lightly society in our country is taking the reading culture which includes the live actual space books are discussed and read in. It's also a little sad because it reflects that big chain bookstores are there far more for the commercial competition than they are for the love of books.

Personally I'd like to see the comeback of independent bookstores since they are much more community oriented in the love for books. While at the same time, I can embrace Amazon because you have a much better choice of book prices to fit your budget, everything from 2 dollar used to 29 dollar brand new copies. I'm sort of in the situation right now where ordering a used hard copy book from Amazon for two bucks will come in significantly helpful for my finances. Although I still like frequenting the used bookstores in town and being around the actual products as opposed to just seeing a list and images of books on the screen. And you always have the live owners and their employees to talk to about these books at the actual bookstores, especially the independent ones.

Feel free to let me know what you think of the article that's linked below.

Until next time . . .

1 comment:

  1. Hey, your link doesn't work too well, had to copy and paste :( Try incorporating the article title, highlighting it, and then clicking the chain/link option and inserting your link there. Then when i click on it i can go right to the article :D That said--awesome. Tanks for sharing!