April 18th, 2009

Why people should shop independent bookstores

The Washington Post examines the increasing familiar phenomenon of independent bookstores closing. They cite a communication from one book store that says:

"...your shopping dollars help create the community you want to live in. For every $10 you spend at locally-owned businesses, $4.50 stays in our community. The math is simple and compelling:
Vertigo Books $4.50
Barnes & Noble/Borders/Costco $1.30
Amazon $0.00
The money you spend with locally-owned businesses continues to circulate as we pay employees, buy supplies and pay taxes that are used to provide basic services to residents."

Will that kind of math be enough to sway people? For the sake of local booksellers like my very own Annie Blooms, I hope so.

Read more here.



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