More Gorgeous Bookstores to Visit!

If you didn’t catch this slideshow last December, here’s your chance to catch it now: photos of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, published by Architectural Digest at its website.

Photos of some of these bookstores have been featured in previous surveys, but many of them are new to me. It is slightly disturbing that almost all of these places, especially the gigantic ones, are located outside the U.S. – we need stores like this too!

Found at Bookaholics’ Facebook page


“There Will Always Be Bookstores…”


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

Ten Visit-Worthy U.S. Bookstores


The article featuring these ten stores calls them “beautiful,” but that’s certainly debatable. Not debatable is the fact that these unusual-in-on-way-or-another bookstores are worth a visit if you happen to be in the area where they’re located. Some of these are The Usual Suspects, but a few of them are new to me.

Found via a Facebook post by The Goodwill Librarian via

Is a Book Anything More Than a Story Container?

stock-photo-3573166-computer-mouse-and-bookThe Paris Review Daily recently posted an essay by Casey N. Cep that combines a description of his visit to Los Angeles’ The Last Bookstore with Cep’s reflections about why he treasures his books and the shelves his grandfather built to hold them.

The essay is interesting in its own right, but the readers’ comments are even more so.