Lots in the news about bookstores recently. However, we feel there’s a positive story with bookselling today. It’s our belief that the activity of reading remains strong, it’s continuing to branch out and that the diversity of formats is a sign of strength. We’d like to reassure the local reading community of the continuing vitality of the written word. We feel for the many great booksellers who will be out of work from the Borders store closings in Chapel Hill, Cary, Raleigh, Apex and Greensboro but we hope that readers recognize the Triangle is flush with strong independent booksellers like The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, Flyleaf in Chapel Hill and McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro. Not only do these local bookstores foster relationships based on reading, with hundreds of author events and discussion forums on many topics, but they also foster economic relationships with local schools and other locally-owned businesses. If you’d like to read more about how independent businesses positively impact local economies, read more about the Indie City Index study that the American Booksellers Association recently commissioned.
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Sarah Carr, Land Arnold, Jamie Fiocco & Crew