Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Independent book stores

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"People need to understand the high cost of cheap," she said. "… If you value what we do, we need your business.

"What we're moving toward, unhappily, is more of the blockbusters — huge volume-moving books, and fewer of the little jewels in between."

The quote comes from Vivien Jennings, owner of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Missouri, close to Kansas City. Rainy Day Books is one of the few independent book stores left in the Kansas City area.

Yesterday the Kansas City Star business section had an interesting story by Suzanne King on independent bookstores.

I'll let the article speak for itself. It has statistics about the decline in book sales, the decline in the number of independent bookstores, and much else of interest. But Vivien's point is well taken. With the lessening of independent bookstores, there is also a lessening of what she calls "the little jewels in between," excellent or very good books which do not sell as many copies as best sellers.

We are all in this together. If we shop only at the big box stores, we get only what big box stores sell.

PS There is a second story linked to this one. It is about about used book sellers. To read what that story says, click here.

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