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Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Let the Celebration Begin

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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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Different Kind Of Library

Libraries nowadays are practically ubiquitous, and it's easy to take them for granted. But in rural Kentucky during the Great Depression, such was not the case. Life was hard, and access to reading material was limited, if not nonexistent. Riding to the rescue came The Horseback Librarians. That's right, librarians bringing books to the countryside via saddlebag.

These tenacious librarians have been documented by the likes of NPR and Smithsonian. And I recently learned of a book about their exploits: Down Cut Shin Creek by Kathi Appelt. I've added this gem to my Goodreads To-Read list.

Here's a link to the Smithsonian article: Horse-Riding Librarians.