While meandering the 16th Street Mall in Denver last week, I stopped in at The Tattered Cover, an independent bookstore in a cool, old building. I pushed open the wooden doors, ascended the three steps into the store and kind of gasped.
It was awesome.
And it was full of people, which made the awesomeness all the more awesome.
I love indie bookstores.
We don’t have many where I live. We mostly have the big box chains. I have to drive 45 minutes to get to the closest indie store, Changing Hands. It’s worth the drive though. They have everything. So many nooks and crannies full of fascinating books to explore. A lot of great authors stop at Changing Hands to do readings, signings and workshops, too. It’s my favorite local bookstore.
I keep thinking about recent blog posts I’ve read sounding the death knell of the publishing industry and the rise of digital books. How will that affect indie stores? Will they lose business? Will they be forced to close up shop? How awful would that be?
Do you love indie bookstores, too? Which is your favorite? Tell me about it and leave a link in the comments.