One of my favorite bookstores burned down last weekend, and while I only got to visit there while I was on vacation, it made me stop and think.
What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?
Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?That's a hard question to answer. Living where I do, in a very academic and intellectually-oriented town, I am blessed to say that there is no shortage of bookstores. I'm almost embarrassed to say this, because I know a lot of people live in areas with only one bookstore, or only one indie bookstore, but if one of the stores closed I would just start shopping at another. If it was a local business and it closed because of fire or some natural disaster I'd try to help the owners. I feel terrible for the owners of that store on Martha's Vineyard that burned down last weekend and I hope they bounce back. That's just not fair.