The demise of the independent bookstore
The Abstract and the Particular
Ruined by Reading
I'm tempted to largely agree with her reasoning, even though I do have a very special place in my heart for small, independently-owned shops of all kinds. I love independent bookstores, and I try to purchase books in the following order, all other things being equal. (Sometimes other factors come into play, such as how desperately I need the book, how short I am on money, or where I happen to be geographically.)
- used from an independent bookstore
- used from Amazon
- new from an independent bookstore
- new from Amazon
- new from Barnes & Noble or Borders
All of this, of course, is a moot point, since I'm trying to stop buying books entirely mostly due to lack of space. (Money plays a role, too, but if you get used to the price of a latte at Starbucks, books don't seem like so much in comparison, especially purchased used.) I find the library to be more trouble than it's worth most of the time, since it closes at 6 pm on most nights and isn't open at all on Sunday. Since I already own a lot of books that I haven't read, I'm trying to read those rather than take other books out of the library or purchase more books. Sometimes I can't help myself, though...
In other news, I think I just chipped a tooth. With my tongue, I feel a new rough spot along the top of one front bottom tooth that definitely felt different before, but my teeth look fine in the mirror. Should I be worried? Is this what I have to look forward to as I age?
For some reason, I find browsing at the Strand or Starr's Bookstore (before it closed) difficult. Something about the haphazard crowdedness of the shelves made it hard for me to browse. Counter-intuitive, I know. I did sometimes find things at the "Brandeis Bookstall" in Brookline.