Or, at least survivals.
The great Bookninja points to a particular letter to the editor that argues not all independent bookstores are dying. In fact, the owner of Seattle’s Mystery Bookshop wants the media to pay more attention to how small shops can indeed thrive.
“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,” store owner J.B. Dickey writes. “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?”