I love small indie book stores because they’re cozy and friendly and no two look alike. I love them because they allow for the communion and camaraderie of other book lovers that you can’t get with online shopping.
The death of big box book stores might not be such a bad thing after all, since The American Booksellers Association, national trade organization for independently owned bookstores, reports 100 new members in just the past six months.
Meg Smith, ABA spokesperson, says the growth “appears to be due to a number of factors — the demise of large bookstores; a general social identification with locally owned businesses, an offshoot of the ‘go-local’ movement in restaurants and grocery stores; and a number of store owners who have identified a small but viable market in their communities.
“The lesson in the decline of big stores, these owners say, is not that no one wants to buy books. It’s that the big stores were too big. They had overreached and, in trying to be all things to all readers, had lost a sense of intimacy that books and reading seem to thrive on.”
Still hoping that we’ll get a nice cozy book store in our area some day.