Support the Independents (Still)
I have a couple of books on order at Mac's Backs in Coventry that I'm looking forward to picking up soon and reading. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I hope you'll consider supporting independent bookstores, because they play an invaluable role in the intellectual life of any community (three years ago, I wrote this about bookstores I've loved). They've been battered in recent years, of course, first by the invasion of the huge national chains, and then by the advent of online powerhouse Amazon. And yet the good ones keep right on going, somehow. I was happy to learn from Publisher's Weekly that bookstores remain surprisingly strong, probably because there's no experience quite like browsing a good bookstore, or even, truth be told, a mediocre one. According to the booksellers' bible, 68% of Americans who purchased a book in the last year did so at a bookstore.