Feeling Sentimental about Unviable Business Models
I should add a new tag to some of my posts, “The Slow Decline of Independent Bookstores.”
Sometimes I feel that this weblog exists for the sole purpose of documenting my reaction to announcements that a Bay Area bookstore is closing its doors. Bye bye A Clean Well Lighted Place (though, thankfully, they put a Books Inc. there). Bye bye Cody’s (I vaguely remember a longer Cody’s obit on another blog, but alas, I’m having trouble locating that post). And now, in 2009, bye bye Stacey’s.
With every bookstore that closes, I lose an old (though sickly) friend.