Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another Great Bookstore is Closing!


It's with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that The Mystery Company in Carmel, Indiana is closing at the end of the month. We've seen so many of our favorite bookstores fold, but this one hit me the hardest. Jim Huang -The Mystery Company owner, Sisters In Crime bookstore liaison, organizer of the fabulous Magna cum Murder and last year's Bouchercon, passionate advocate of the mystery genre - is calling it quits. I love Jim and everything he represents, and wish him the very best.

If you're reading this post, you must be an avid reader just like I am. You've seen one indie after another close down, some in your own backyard. We learned that Borders is struggling to survive, shutting down many of its stores, cutting losses. Barnes and Noble, although I don't have solid proof, only instinct and what I see with my own eyes, isn't as healthy as it once was, fewer customers browsing, shorter check-out lines.

Do you feel as helpless as I do? I wish I could reach out and help. The only thing I can do is buy books and pray those left can weather these tough storms. That when the gales subside, our brick-and-mortars will still be standing. But it doesn't look good. Not good at all.

Today or tomorrow, consider buying a book locally. If you don't have a store near you, many independents have online ordering and shipping. Buy a book!

And farewell, Jim.

10 comments:

Jessica said...

Oh No...thats Terrible! Thats in my own backyard practically...I'm in Terre Haute, In. I prefer our resale book shops to the larger chains; they seem to have more....atmosphere I guess you could say!

Mason Canyon said...

Our closest book store (B & N) is about 25 miles away. I try to go by at least once a month and it doesn't seem to be as busy as it once was. We had a Waldenbooks at one time, but that closed soon after B & N opened a few years ago.

Sheila Connolly said...

It's a crying shame when someone like Jim does everything right--supports writers, volunteers for major events--and is a really nice guy as well, and still can't make it in this business.

If everyone who knew and liked Jim had bought just one book...

Maggie Sefton said...

I feel the same way, Deb. We saw our Northern Colorado indie mystery bookstores close, too. A few years ago. The recession came along and finished off several of the survivors of the first closings. It's so sad. The only thing we can do is buy books.

Sheery said...

This post makes me sad. I live in a very populated area and many of our Indie stores closed a few years ago - leaving mainly chain stores. However, as stated, even the chains (B&N and Borders) seem to be doing poorly. Even at Christmas - the lines were 'reasonable'. I expect lines to be out the door at Christmas! I know the economy plays a large role in this sad turn of events but I have to wonder if eReaders do, as well.

misterreereeder said...

I frequent B&N, Half-Priced Books, and a local independant used-book store in Garland, TX called The Book Cottage. The Book Cottage recently moved down the street to a bigger facility. They do not just have mysteries but all genres.

Dru said...

Our indie bookstore closed many years ago and now I rely on B&N which is still has long lines, but they don't carry as many books as they use to.

We have a Borders and the two times that I've gone there, it wass empty and they never had the books I was looking for.

Heather Webber said...

I was so sad to hear this news. The Mystery Company hosted one of my first signings waaay back when.

Helen Kiker said...

This is happening in so many places. In Winchester we still have an indie store on the downtown walking mall & I am hopeful that it will stay open. A lot of tourists continue to shop on the downtown mall.

Helen

Lindy said...

We live about 55 miles from a bookstore, so I use Amazon. I love to read so much, and if I had a store close by I could help keep them in business. If I ever get lots of money (fat chance of that), I will have my own bookstore and it will be for me! I might let some other people buy a book or ten now and then. There will be lots of comfy chairs and the coffee and tea will be free!