local booksellers save the planet!

This is great! And oh so true.

4 Responses to local booksellers save the planet!

  1. If only it were true in Australia – but we just don’t have local booksellers – at least not where I live (a city of roughly 1 million). I can only think of one independent book store left and it costs about $40 to buy a new release trade paperback from there versus $12-ish to have the same thing shipped from the UK. So I make up for my increased carbon footprint by never ordering just one book at a time :)

    • Barbara says:

      Er, yes, I must admit the same “solution” occurred to me, too – better order a LOT of books at once. The US is losing a lot of independent bookstores, yet I realize we still have more than in many parts of the world, and we’re blessed in particular with a number of really fabulous specialist stores run by people who really know crime fiction and are deeply involved in the entire community of publishers, readers, and writers. There isn’t one in my tiny town (though we do have a college bookstore that is proudly independent; but they don’t have room or the market for a deep selection of mysteries) but I can always go online or pick up the phone and order from an indie in another town. They often offer good discounts and free shipping. They just don’t have the big and memorable name that Amazon has nor are they able to stock the books I can order from the UK sometimes.

      What is going on in Australia? I can’t figure out the kerfuffle about prices. I can understand that the local publishers want to preserve an Australian publishing industry, but if prices are so high that people shop elsewhere, that seems to defeat the whole purpose. There must be subtleties I’m missing.

  2. A great video!

    One of the problems that independent book stores face is high rents which can eat up an already slim profit margin. That’s why you frequently = find independents and used book stores clustered in rather down at heel neighborhoods–another evidence of what Jane Jacobs was talking about when she advocated preserving mixed use, mixed-age buildings.

    For a story about a neighborhood in Montreal where several small stores are surviving if not thriving, check this out: http://spacingmontreal.ca/2009/07/10/rents-recycling-buildings-and-retailing-books/

    Mary

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