Support your local library!
But also, support your local small bookseller. On a recent trip to Chicago, I visited the most amazing shop. Bookman's Alley in Evanston is everything a bookstore should be. Surly/friendly shopkeepers, miles (perhaps exaggerated, but only slightly) of old and also some contemporary tomes, various vintage and antique items throughout the store - printing press, circa 1920s swimsuit (of course!), and piles of black and white stage photos. But they were closing their doors. As did Murder Ink, the mystery bookstore back in New York that was one block from my house. The wooden treaded shop that housed Gus, the fuzzy old dog. I loved that place. LOVED. Attached was a more general-themed shop, Ivy's Books. And between the two, I could spend hours and end up with a book no longer in print from Wallace Stegner, a few small Edward Gorey books and a mystery out of Denmark.
|Thank you NY Times!|
I think I do a decent job of supporting my library and my local bookstores, but sometimes I feel rather guilty when I have ten books in a pile in its protective sterile covering from the library. I can't fold down the pages. I can't scribble in the margins. And most important, and don't even ask me why it is the most important - it just is; I can't have those beauitiful spines look down on my from my filled-to-the-brim built-in dream bookshelves of lore.
Which do you prefer? The library? The local bookshop? Amazon?
What are your favorite indie bookshops? Maybe I will start a list. Help me out on that please!