The Glorious Inefficiency Of Local Bookstores

“The elegiac atmosphere is part of the appeal. This bookstore, this artifact from a more literate past, serves as a reminder of values that have, in America, faded like pages in a weathered volume. The small, independent bookstore is simply a place out of sync with contemporary culture, chiefly because its very being emphasizes an appreciation of quietude, romance, and the kind of glorious inefficiency upon which the best of human life rests”.
(http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/11/local-bookstore-dean-abbott.html).

At the age of 49, (my 50th birthday looms, should that be lurks? Ahead), I can relate to much of the above article. I can recall visiting such places in the company of my late grandfather and browsing. To this day I still relish the scent of bookstores.

Some 15 minutes walking distance from my home, there sits the Bookseller Crow on the Hill, a great independent bookshop, https://booksellercrow.co.uk/. Not only does the Crow stock books, it also carries a range of audio CDs, calendars and postcaards depicting the Crystal Palace and surrounding area.

Independent bookshops are, from the perspective of authors a great place to get one’s books into. Particularly for independent authors, it can be difficult (frequently impossible) to get the big chains to stock one’s work. Consequently I am grateful to The Bookseller Crow for stocking my collection of poems, “My Old Clock I Wind”, http://moyhill.com/clock/. Its good to know that people in the area in which I live can see my books on display in my local, independent bookstore.

Kevin

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4 thoughts on “The Glorious Inefficiency Of Local Bookstores

  1. tidalscribe

    We have a new independent local bookshop which has just celebrated its first birthday. Shops come and go, but ‘The Grove’ is on the up with eateries and micro breweries popping up alongside candle shops! I hope the bookshop continues to thrive.

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    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Its heartening to read of your new independent bookstore having just celebrated it’s first birthday. Thank you for your good wishes concerning the Crow. Long may your independent bookshop continue also. I love small shops, particularly bookstores and those offering something different from what is on offer in the impersonal chains.

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