Here is a great quote from a recent article on Book Beast about the value of local indie booksellers.
We vote with our wallets. And if you care about the unique character of your community, if you believe in rewarding the rugged independence of small businesses, then your local independent bookstore deserves your support, now more than ever. This is an admittedly counter-cultural effort—but that is part of its appeal and sense of purpose.
Bookstores are different than other stores—they reflect the soul of a community. They are a place for meeting, browsing and reflecting. You bump into friends and neighbors, and see a book on the shelf you might have never crossed paths with before. They offer time for contemplation and conversation.
– John Avlon of Book Beast
The only odd thing about the above quote is his statement that supporting independent bookstores is “an admittedly counter-cultural effort.” That I simply don’t understand.
Supporting independent bookstores is the ultimate cultural effort. It isn’t counter-cultural at all.
Maybe that’s just my experience.