If you want to know how independent booksellers really are doing, come ask us. Reacting to the closing of one bookshop by saying it is another death-knell of an industry simply isn't fair or correct and can be counterproductive. It can also mislead customers and drive more into the hands of the corporate Big Boxes, encouraging the difficulties that small independents face. Why not do a story about how some independents are doing fine because of their customers who want to support small businesses? Isn't there a story in that?Also: "American Booksellers Association's School in Portland?" Word. Where can I get me an application?
Thursday, January 17
On: Independent booksellers & media narratives
One Seattle bookseller reacts to the news coverage of the closing of a popular bookshop: