Another reason to support your local used bookstores. They support you, your favorite restaurants, your schools, your churches, your neighbors, your nephew’s football team, your community choir. The big box stores or Internet sites? Not so much.
$100 spent at a local bookstore brings $45 worth of economic activity in the local community, while $100 spent at a large bookstore chain brings only $13 back to the community.
For more information, visit http://www.elocal.com/infographics/why-buy-local.html.
Alison Hill, President of Vroman’s Bookstore, wrote an essay for the Huffington Post about the power of brick-and-mortar bookstores.
At one point she counts the people in her bookstore reading, listening to a new author, participating in a book club. “It is in these moments,” she writes, “that I am awed by the role a bookstore plays in a community, a feeling made even more awesome by the realization that today we sold 1,087 books, any one of which could change a life.”
To read the whole essay, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-hill/bookstores_b_2808396.html