How to Protect Bookstores and Why
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Can bookstores save the world? As bastions of culture, anchors of local retail districts, community gathering places, and the source of new ideas, inspiration, and delight, maybe they can. But only if we protect them and the critical roles they fill in our communities.Danny Caine, author of the best-selling sensation How to Resist Amazon and Why and co-owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas, makes a compelling case for the power of small, local businesses in this thoughtful examination of the dynamic world of bookstores. At once an urgent call to action and a sincere tribute to everything bookstores can do, Caine's new book features a brief overview of 20th-century bookselling and how it got that way, plus case-study profiles of 13 of the most interesting, creative, and progressive bookstores of today, from Minneapolis to Paris. Through examples, analysis, and well-informed advocacy, Caine offers a cohesive road map for a sustainable future of bookselling, including policy suggestions, strategies for community-based action, and tips on what consumers can do to help. A captivating read for any lover of books, patron of bookstores, or champion of the survival of these vital institutions, How to Protect Bookstores and Why makes the strongest possible case for the importance of a resilient, inclusive, and progressive bookstore landscape.