National Bookstore Day is here!

indepentent-bookstore_lRemember bookstores? You know, those places that are like libraries, but with commerce involved. (Come to think of it, remember libraries?)

OK, while we aren’t quite at the point where the electronic marketplace has eclipsed the physical one, it is true that independent bookstores have been struggling for a long while. And now with the deadly Pricing War of 2009 in full swing, they’re taking yet another hit.

So, as a way to honor these burrows for bookworms, Publishers Weekly has declared tomorrow “National Bookstore Day.” Over 140 booksellers around the country will be involved in the nationwide promotion trying to remind people just how special independent bookstores can be. Amazon doesn’t let you peruse 18 miles of shelving like the Strand bookstore in New York. Try asking Walmart to let you stay the night in their facilities in exchange for work like Paris’ Shakespeare and Company does. They’ll probably laugh and rollback your butt out the door.

It’s a clarion call for bibliophiles everywhere to patronize any place where you can get a reading recommendation that hasn’t been spat out of an algorithm that somehow thinks that if you liked The Hotel New Hampshire, you’ll also enjoy a Hannah Montana box set. Any place where purchasing literature does not necessarily require a frozen mocha latte and raspberry hazelnut pirouettes. Any place where the books aren’t located across the aisle from the margarita makers and sold by the pound. Heed it and browse.

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  • Lisa Simpson

    Support your local independent bookstore! The Tattered Cover, Powell’s, Politics & Prose, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, The Book Stall, Cover to Cover, Rainy Days Books, Malaprops…

  • Benny

    Thats true…we need to support our bookstores so they surrvive. The Kindle and Amazon are having their own disastrous effect on our little havens of the printed word, but also Walmarts competitive and outrageous prices are creating a monopoly hard to combat. Viva la Borders!!

    • Michi

      Borders and Barnes & Noble have been more instrumental in driving out the independent bookstores than Amazon and WalMart. They position themselves in areas where indies have done well and then run out the competition.

    • JPX

      Benny, are you saying that you prefer to spend full price when you purchase a book? Why would you be opposed to Borders or Barnes & Noble – do you have something against saving money? Go ahead, pay top dollar in an independenct bookstore if it makes you sleep better at night.

  • EC

    Unfortunately, all of the independent bookstores that I’ve visited in Toronto are now gone (including Pages in the heart of downtown). Does anyone have a suggestion for me?

    • x

      Start watching more TV.

  • fit

    No kidding..

  • JPX

    Why would I go to an independent bookstore and pay full price for something I can get for half the price or less somewhere else? Amazon has the new Stephen King novel for $9, which is where I’ll be purchasing it. Only an idiot would spend $35 in an independent bookstore for the same book. I love Borders and Barnes and Noble and I’ll take those stores over an independent bookstore any day.

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