Just a little PSA
Um…ok, I’m kinda nervous to post this, and I don’t want to step on toes.
Lately I’ve seen a big push about “horrible box stores” (admittedly not bookstore chains specifically but still) and supporting smaller stores and independents (and booklr seems to love the aesthetic of independent bookstores) - and while that’s great, I wanna say something about box bookstores (or well, bookstore) and independents in the US.
As of this writing (Jan 2017), Barnes & Noble is pretty much the biggest bookstore chain in the US, especially since Borders closed. Book-a-Million is also around still I think, but… It’s pretty much just Barnes & Noble.
Please shop at Barnes & Noble.
Support independent bookstores, of course! I’m not saying for one moment that you shouldn’t.
Do not buy books from Amazon if you can help it - especially not new.
I say this because…Barnes & Noble, for places like where I live, is the only bookstore around. Literally for miles. And I mean for the next 1-3 hours of travel. We have no independent bookstores. We have a few, but they close quickly because there just isn’t a sustainable market here for them.
I know if they close I could just order my books online, but…the atmosphere would be gone. The events. The book signings. In a sense, my home-away-from-home. Libraries are great, of course, but it’s not quite the same, and my library system tends to cater to either the young or the elderly, and not much in between - or so it feels.
Ok…not sure I really…worded things great, but I’m tired and - with the opening of Amazon’s physical bookstores - just a little worried about my store closing like: Waldensbooks, Borders, Books-a-Million, and the independent bookstore a few years ago.
So um….just some food for thought.