Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bookstore Resurrection!

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

For several years now the reading/writing community has been watching with dismay as bookstore after bookstore closes down. Borders was a crushing blow, although not a surprise. Some beloved independent stores have shuttered up, some have changed hands, struggled.

The economy is one of the bad guys. Ebooks made the scene and did significant damage.

But I'm not here today to whine. I'm here to celebrate.

You see, I'm a bookstore list maker. At first, I used my list to send promotional material to bookstores when one of my books was coming out (before stamps were 45 cents a pop). I also still use the list to visit bookstores when I travel.

Sadly, for the last two years (or so) all I've been doing is crossing off stores as they close. My list has shrunk way down.

But wait, I think I'm seeing a shift back. Is that possible?

Just last week, I learned that:
  • Barnes and Noble is opening at an Oregon site and in Princeton, NJ
  • Stone Harbor NJ has a newbie - Stone Harbor Book Shop
  • So does Cape May NJ - Cape Atlantic Book Co.
  • And in Edgartown MA, Edgartown Books has reopened.
Although, what's with New Jersey? Are the readers there leading the revival? Let's spread the love across the country.

Any openings, reopenings you can share?
I want my list to grow and grow.


Aurian said...

More bookstores? That is good news :)

Shirley said...

The Borders store closed in Columbia, MD, but Books-a-Million moved into the store, so that's good. Sadly, most of the malls I go to no longer have bookstores inside them. At one time, I can remember some malls even had two bookstores!

I know that ebooks did some damage to real bookstores but they seemed to have helped by getting books that may have gone out of print available to us readers.

BusyMom said...

I am a Jersry-ite and I do love t read.

While Borders closed down, we are seeing more and more B&N!

Lizzie said...

Do you know where the B&N in Oregon is opening???

Deb said...

Yes, Lizzie, the Bridgeport Village space where Borders used to be.

Debra said...

I live in the Bronx where for 38 years we had Paperbacks Plus. They closed in 2008,now there are NO independents and just two or three BNs. I buy fewer books (I do ask my local library to order books, especially cozies written by our wonderful hosts here) because while I can order them on the web,it's just not the same.
When we go on vacation, we always look for independent stores. My favorite is Dogtown in Gloucester Mass. Old knitting,maritime and cookbooks in abundance.

Lizzie said...

Thanks, Deb!! I love Bridgeport so I will have to check it out!

littlehammr said...

Any new opening in the San Francisco/bay area,CA area please?

littlehammr said...

Any new opening in the San Francisco/bay area,CA area please?

Deb said...

I'll keep my eyes and ears open, littlehammr.

Annie said...

I think I cried alittle the day I heard Borders was closing. Fortunately, York, Pa also had a Books-A-Million open so I'm ok now:) I prefer having paperbacks over ebooks (am I the only one that gets a headache when reading on a screen for hours?? ufe..).

Jane R said...

It was a sad day when the last Borders Bookstore closed in Austin. I so wish we had a Books-a-Million. However, we do have an independent store called Book People. Very eclectic and popular. But, it is a rarity.

Michelle Fidler said...

There was an article in the paper recently about the resurgence of independent bookstores. There is one called Ukazoo Books in Toledo, Ohio, that sells new and used books. It opened earlier this year. I haven't been there yet, but maybe I will go there for my birthday in a couple weeks. I heard that they have books that only cost a few dollars. I did a quick search on the web and there's also a Baltimore location (and maybe more? I have to go back and see).

I miss Borders. They had good coupons. They were in the mall and were only here for about six years. Barnes & Noble is across the street from the mall and has been there since the early '90's.

They don't sell many, if any, cozy mysteries at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or other stores that have locations everywhere, so I have to go to Barnes & Noble if I want a cozy mystery. I also belong to the Mystery Guild. Sometimes I buy books on Amazon. I don't own an e-reader. The library is only a five minute walk away so if I want a book they don't have at that branch, I can send out for it. I also swap books online. Sometimes I go to the Friends of the Library book sale.