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Independent bookstore owners seem to have the odds stacked against them in an age of digital distractions and online ordering. But in this article from lithub.com, Writer’s Relief learned that one bookstore owner is tackling the issues head on:
For us by far the strangest commentary is people who volunteer “I don’t read” and who then extrapolate this quality to the rest of humanity via the follow up questions, “Does anybody read anymore?” and “How do bookstores even survive?” Frankly, we’re more curious about how tanning salons survive…
That leads to the next most common concern, WHAT ABOUT AMAZON?? This one is usually followed up with an admission that they shop on Amazon all the time and everyone just buys books online.