1180 S. Washington
Holland, MI 49423
Word on the street is that print books are making a comeback. That's right. The e-book craze has recently leveled off while print book sales are on the rise. Worry not, bookstore enthusiasts. Don't let the decline of chains like Borders put fear in your heart. Bookstores, once thought to be headed the way of the dinosaur, now seem to be alive and well.
When I first started this blog nearly five years ago, I feared that the life of the project would be limited, that I'd better get started right away before all the bookstores were gone. Though big chain stores have seen their share of adversity, happily small independents are not merely still in existence, but thriving. Personal observation suggests to me that their resilience is due in large part to a high level of customer service coupled with a special brand of creativity reserved for owners of small bookshops. Many inhabit interesting places (an old train car, an old factory, a bank) while others have found a particular niche to fill. Some of the most memorable bookstores I have visited, for example, have been geared specifically toward children (Wild Rumpus, Storybook Village). This past Leap Day I had the pleasure of visiting a small and very specialized bookstore. Bookmart in Holland, Michigan, sells nothing but used paperbacks.