Much has been written about the loss of indpendent bookstores, about their inability to compete with online retailers like Amazon. There hasn’t been an independent bookstore in my city in forever…and for the longest time, the only bookstores we had were Coles, small chain stores in found in malls. When Indigo opened a beautiful store a few years back – it was a big deal in these parts. We do have a couple second hand bookstores and our university opened a bookstore on a main street in our city centre.

I love bookstores. I love killing a couple hours browing in a bookstore. But I admit it, I do shop online.

That said, if I had one of these bookstores in my town, I may give up shopping from my couch altogether.

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