Independent Bookstores Under Threat?

You may think that the increasing popularity of the Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and other ereaders, iPads and smartphones would be the death knell of the independent bookseller.

However, seemingly against the odds, small indie bookstores are flourishing. The evidence, according to the American Booksellers Association,  is clear: They report that during 2012 approximately 1,900 new indies sprouted up along sidewalks across the United States. And the data indicates small independent bookstores have been on the upswing since 2009.

It seems not everyone needs or desires the ability to purchase a digital book with a single click of a virtual button. Some of us actually enjoy the experience of picking up a book, thumbing through the pages and getting a feel for its quality. There is something special about visiting a real bookstore. There’s that unique aroma that only a printed book can give off. There’s the intimacy of browsing through all the display shelves. There’s the pleasure of touching and, dare I say, fondling a book before you purchase it.

And of course there is the community of the bookshop. Bookshop owners are inveterate book lovers, they are expert sin their field with in-depth knowledge of their stock and they exude enthusiasm. Bookshops are also great places to meet like minded people… people with time to browse… interesting people… well read people!

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