It goes without saying that the economy is not good at the moment. And few of us have money to spend.
But a lot of us still buy books. Either for ourselves or for others. Books make great Christmas or birthday gifts if you know readers or you have young children in your family who are just learning to read. They aren't a "play with for an hour and toss aside" kind of gift.
But I'm not advocating you go buy books. What I am suggesting is that if you ARE going to buy books, visit your local independent bookstore.
Most independent bookstores are small businesses. And like most small businesses, times are tough. The economy's bad and there's a credit crunch. They still have to pay the distributors and publishers. They have to pay their rent, their staff, their bills. And their bottom line is already hurt by book readers buying in the big chain stores.
So, this year, as you start buying presents or buying for yourself, look for the nearest or dearest independent bookstore and shop there. In just about every independent bookstore you'll find knowledgeable booklovers who can lead you to the book you're looking for and help you find titles when all you have is the name of the lead character or the age of the protagonist. And if they don't have it, they will gladly order it for you.
You're already going to be spending the money, so why not do something that might help one independent bookstore from having to close its doors?
6 months ago