This morning as I was checking my email, I was greeted with another happy-ending to a bookstore closing. Publisher’s Weekly is more likely (it seems) to publish info about the Borders bankruptcy than to report on other book-selling news (unless it is to say that it’s bad out there, really really bad). But today there was a charming little article about Buffalo Street Books, an independent bookstore in Ithaca, NY that was slated to close before the local community got involved. Buffalo Street Books is now reopening as a coop. How cool is that?
I get a little tingly when I think about people pitching in to help struggling bookstores. What is really cool about this idea (besides keeping a bookstore alive and healthy) is that the new owners will help curate parts of the store. Someone who is interested in philosophy (the example given by PW) will present a list of 20 important books that should never be out of stock. Brilliant! How often have you gone into a bookstore and been surprised that the one book you need, the one that should be EVERYWHERE, is nowhere in sight, but 20 copies of The Distant Hours are scattered on tables, on shelves, and near the check out counter? I love you, Kate Morton, but your books are suffering from super-saturation.
Just a little bit of good news for your morning.