Long live independent bookstores. It's not just a hope. It appears to be a reality. And printed books are no longer on the endangered species list. That's right. Amazon and e-books may have forced them to reinvent themselves, but independent bookstores are far from dead. Not only are well over 2,000 bookstores alive and well in the U. S., but new ones are popping up more and more. According to the Wall Street Journal, e-book sales have actually declined while printed-book sales are rising.
E-books have their place. For me that place is on the nightstand so that I can read without turning the light on while my husband is trying to sleep. Or while I'm waiting in the dentist's office. And I'm fine with reading the news online. But for the general pleasure of reading, give me a printed book. I want to feel, smell, and turn actual pages. And I want to buy those pages in an actual bookstore. I don't get individual attention at Amazon. I can't hold a prospective purchase in my hands, leaf through the pages, and read selections in a comfy chair at Amazon.
Independent bookstores are thriving. Let the celebration begin—literally. This Saturday, April 28, is Independent Bookstore Day, a nationwide celebration where bookstores across the country will be celebrating with parties, sales, and special events. There's even an Independent Bookstore Day website. Check it out here. Then go find a celebration at your local independent bookstore.
And check out this recent CBS video about the bookstore boom.
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