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The nearest town with a bookstore (to me) is 35 miles away. It has a population of less than 30,000. There are two movie theaters, a fantastic library, one Starbucks, a mall, only one retail bookstore and two tiny used bookstores. The one retail bookstore is a Waldenbooks.

This really stinks because I'm fairly certain that another bookstore will not be taking its place. I do not live in an area with an abundance of readers. Out of the educated people (not family) that I know (irl), maybe 5 of them read for pleasure. I know that as a customer (even a fairly regular one) I don't have near as much reason to complain as all of the people out of a job but I can't help but feel the loss.

I love the bookstore like I love the library. The promise of the worlds within the world call to me. The loss of it makes me feel hollow... lacking. As if a piece of me has been removed and there is nothing there to take its place. There is still the library, which I support and utilize often. Since I don't live in that town, I pay a fee ($60 a year) to be a member of that library. I don't mind that at all. What I do mind is that the majority of the people at the library are not in the stacks. They're at the computers. They're renting movies. They're sitting in the chairs, using the wi-fi.

If the people at the library aren't checking out the free books and they close the only retail bookstore in town... I think I've read where this is going.

I kinda went off there on my library thoughts. I'm being a little dramatic, I'm aware but, I love reading. I love books. REAL books. I have a kindle but, I love the weight of a real book. The feel of the paper in my hands. Everything about it. I don't get lost in an e-book, not like I do when its on paper. I don't think its imagined or psychosomatic but, I don't understand why either. Its not just the written word, the story, it's the whole package that feels important to me.

I know that I'm not losing my access to books but it bothers me that my options will be limited to buying most of my books off amazon, the used book stores, or driving 60+ miles to get to an brick and mortar book retailer now.


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Jul. 22nd, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
This is awful. I really liked Borders. The nearest one to me is about 40 minutes away. I'm just glad that the Waldenbooks that was in the same city changed to a Books-A-Million a couple years ago, so it'll still be there.

I love bookstores, too. New or used, there's something special about them. I feel like I'm an explorer discovering new adventures, new cultures, new everything to experience. It's a magic that's hard to explain.

If I may, I'd like to recommend Better World Books. It's not the same magic, and a lot of the books are used, although there are some new, but the money it receives helps to fund libraries and literacy programs that bring the joy of reading to more people. There might even be a local fund, or maybe your local library can get involved with it somehow and jumpstart the community into reading more.

Jul. 22nd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll have to check it out.
Jul. 24th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)

That's crazy to me! Portland loves it's books. Powell's is 6 stories on a city block filled with new and used books (with 3 other locations as well). Besides that, there are dozens of used book stores scattered around and yes, the B&N / Borders. A library opened up across the street from my home while I've lived here.

I am in a "suburban" setting but it's so odd to me places you describe exist. I love books. And yes I like tv too but I will never stop reading.

I like electronic book options. It's another way to make books accessable. Paper books aren't going anywhere tho.

Good luck in your crazy corner of the world. :-)

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