Sunday, June 03, 2007

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking." - Jerry Seinfeld

Twenty-five percent off everything at Liberty Books and News in the Shops on Lane Avenue!

Okay. I know you're not reading this blog to see advertisements, but one of the few independent bookstores in central Ohio is in trouble. I hate to admit this is no surprise. It seems to be the fate of independent bookstores across the country. And, if recent news is correct, it might be the fate of bookstores in general. I recently read a blog post suggesting that even Barnes & Noble and Borders aren't doing that well. Just the same I'm foregoing this month's essay space to send out a cry for help on behalf of Liberty Books and News.

Located in the Shops at Lane Avenue, Liberty Books & News is a sweet space with free coffee (the sign says they're here to sell books, not coffee) and nice chairs and a lovely table on which to write or study or lounge. They have a wide range of cards, magazines and books with nice people to help you find what you need. The store also offers a venue for author readings and provides the space for Rattlebox Poetry's monthly events.

Again, my apologies if you find this plea offensive. I just can't imagine the day when there are no bookstores left in which to browse. I hope you will swing by the store and spend a few bucks. And if you don't live in central Ohio, find an independent bookseller in your area and go drop a few bucks there. Please!

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