Thursday, January 5, 2012
Bookstores, Reading, Community
I do remember, however, a time before bookstores. Our biggest department store had a book department, but the first bookstore I saw (a B. Dalton, I believe) was when I was in high school. I was very intrigued. A whole store of nothing but books. It wasn't a big store, but it was a book store. It was like a library, except you didn't have to bring the books back.
So on a rational level, I understand that markets come and markets go. When I was small, my dad had his own small business: G&B Radio and TV. He sold and repaired a lot of TVs. He used to win sales contests, and he won prizes. Then, fewer people bought TVs from small shops, and especially in that neighborhood. Now I believe that a small TV Sales and Repair shop is a rare thing.