The post (with accompanying photo) reads: Bookstores have been in the news lately and the subject has been their survival. This is a topic that has been debated since the rise of the chain stores--Barnes & Noble, Walden and others in the 1970s. It has been predicted ever since that the independent bookseller wouldn't be able to compete. In fact the market share of the independent bookseller has become a tiny percentage. But an indie bookstore can still have impact on publishing--staff can hand sell a book and push it to visibility, and nobody makes a better reading recommendation than an indie bookseller.
Passions always run high around favorites so please do send in your favorite by clicking the "Add a Slide" button below. And vote on which store you think is the best.Kepler's, in Menlo Park, CA, was founded in May 1955 by peace activist Roy Kepler. The bookstore has grown to be such a central part of the area that when economic difficulties caused Kepler’s to close its doors on August 31, 2005 the local community demonstrated. Thousands gathered on “Kepler’s Plaza” to express support and protest the closing. With the help of a community investment, weeks later the bookstore reopened.
Hope you all take a peak,