Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hooray for independent bookstores!


Huge bookstore chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble are wonderful places, with comfy chairs and coffee and all that, and they can (although they often don't) offer better prices than smaller independent stores. But there is something about the allure of the independent store, with books that the big chains would never take a risk on, dusty nooks and crannies to explore, plus books by local authors and all kinds of used and hard-to-find books. Best of all, there is often a delightful resident feline as well.

Maybe because I am more involved in the library world than the world of bookstores, I was completely unaware of the existence something called bookstore tourism. Two of my favorite things combined! (Now if we can manage to include restaurants in the mix...) Anyway, I had no idea that there is a National Council on Bookstore Tourism, and here is a blog about "Why Indie Bookstores Matter," in which the author talks about his 10-week cross-country road trip to visit 200 independent bookstores in all 50 states. Wouldn't that be fun!

Next time you go on vacation, maybe you should consider hunting down some good independent bookstores and spend an afternoon - or a day - exploring them.

7 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea! And I agree, restaurants need to be added to the mix. ;)

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  2. Very cool! We have quite a few really cool indie book stores in New Orleans in the uptown area. Some of my favorite places in the city...go figure!

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  3. Oh, and I bet that it would be especially easy to add good restaurants to the bookstore tour in New Orleans!

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  4. just don't pass up any estate or yard sales while looking for the book stores! book treasures can be found in many places!

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  5. Those are wonderful places to find all kinds of great books, too - you're right, Deslily. I get lots of great children's books that way - and because I spend so little, it's easier to pass them on as the children move on to other books (but of course I always keep their very favorites).

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  6. though i usually end up going to the big chains, i do like the indies. but what i like even better than the indies are used book stores. i love thumbing through books that other people have read. a new book has only one story to tell, a used book has two or three or more: as many stories as it has had readers!

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  7. I like that philosophy, Molly - and isn't it fun when there are notes in the margins? I know, I know, I'm supposed to glare at anyone who writes in books because I'm a librarian, but I love used books with notes in them! (Just not in library books.)

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