“There Will Always Be Bookstores…”

November 10, 2016

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Thus writes one bookstore owner, at a post published today at Literary Hub.

Well, this is certainly something Fondly To Be Wished. However, the more worrisome worry is not that all bookstores might eventually disappear, but that too many towns and cities have not a single bookstore any longer – and/or a critical mass of avid readers that would allow such a store (especially an independently-owned one) to thrive.

Pre-21st Century, many U.S. towns had one or more bookstores, and most of them were independently owned. Nowadays, an avid reader of printed books counts himself/herself lucky if he/she is within driving distance of a bookstore chain “outlet.”

So the larger hope is not that whatever bookstores (independently-owned or otherwise) remaining in U.S. towns and cities will be able to continue operating, but that more such stores in more places will be able to thrive again.

For that to happen, it will be necessary for there to be a critical mass of avid readers who can afford to buy, and prefer to buy, printed (vs. screen-readable-only) books.

In the meantime, we are glad that avid readers living in bookstore-less environments can – assuming they can afford it – at least obtain, via online vendors, any book they’ve found they’ve found that they want to read. (Those avid readers who cannot afford to obtain books this way, or who don’t own computers to order them with, can usually borrow any printed book from their local public library’s free Interlibrary Loan Service). The irony, of course, being that the book someone is certain they want to read is unlikely to have been discovered by that reader via browsing in a local bookstore!

At any rate, it is difficult to imagine a U.S. town with Too Many Bookstores. We can hope, like the author of this article, that bookstore-operating will at some point become a viable profession once again – and in far more places in this country than it currently is.

Found through a posting on Facebook


More Visit-Worthy Libraries

November 8, 2016

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Oxford University’s Bodlean Library is among those that BookishBuzz recently christened as “12 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries.”

Two similar lists (featuring library interiors only) were also published recently:

Photos of gorgeous libraries are posted to the Internet so frequently that I may need to stop re-posting them here, lest the Atlanta Booklover’s Blog become merely a compedium of such lists! Especially since so many of these photo collections tend to contain The Usual Suspects. 

On the other hand, most of us bibliophiles find it so thrilling to see, over and over again, the insides and/or the outsides of some libraries that I may find myself unable to resist posting yet another link to yet another collection of “beautiful library” photos!

 

 


Visit-Worthy Libraries

August 10, 2016

Ottawa Parliament Library

BuzzFeed recently posted photos of all The Usual Suspects, plus several I’d never seen photos of before. Enjoy all 49 photos!

Found via The Goodwill Librarian’s Facebook Page


“On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books”

May 23, 2016

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Over at Literary Hub, blogger Summer Brennan thoughtfully examines whether it makes sense to apply the clutter-ridding principls espoused in Marie Kondo’s bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to one’s personal book collection.

The comments of readers of Brennan’s essay are as thoughtful as the essay itself.

Whatever you think about this dilemma, I think we can all agree that hanging onto or getting rid of books is far from a rational process.

This is definitely one of the best essays on this topic I have read. A bonus is Brennan’s hyperlinked list of nonprofit agencies that will accept any books you do decide to “let go of” in any of your impulsive or long-put-off purges. (And don’t forget your local public library, most of which also accept donated books in decent condition.)

Found at Sue Searing’s Facebook page


Bookstores Go to the Movies

April 10, 2016

A mashup of movie scenes featuring bookstores. Enjoy!

Posted to Facebook by Eat. Sleep, Read, via For Reading Addicts


Reading While Waiting

March 29, 2016

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Most booklovers I’ve met have long since discovered one or more of these ways to eke out a little more reading time in their daily schedules. But it’s handy to see a comprehensive list, compiled approximately a year ago by Cassandra Neace.

Found at a Facebook post by The Goodwill Librarian, via Book Riot


Reading More: A Modest Proposal

March 21, 2016

The Dramatist by Brigit Ganley (1909-2002)

Blogger Shane Parrish has done the math, and here’s his straighforward plan for tackling those Worthy-But-Lengthy Classics many of us booklovers never seem to get around to reading.

Found at the blog Get Old; link posted to Facebook by Atlanta booklover Mary Starck