David Abbott on independent bookshops

(Thanks, L.)

He’s right. There is something unusually appealing about a good independent bookshop. I suppose they are like calmer versions of independent record shops, which allow you to browse for the rare, the obscure and the forgotten.

It’s hard to resist the bargains and convenience of Amazon, but this is the point at which we have to understand that all our choices have consequences.

Perhaps you have no interest in preserving shops which provide a more expensive product that you actually have to go out and buy. Perhaps you’d like Amazon to grow even bigger so that it can sell even more products (houses? Cars? Pets?).

Neither path is right or wrong, but it’s good to be aware that the choice you make will cause the rise of something and the fall of something else.