Indy Books story. These pictures are from Upshur Street Books in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. Paul Ruppert is the owner of the store.

Indie Bookstores Thriving Despite Amazon

Customers browse at Upshur Street Books, an independent bookshop in D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. The store, which opened in 2014, is part of a small wave in new or expanding local bookstores.
PHOTO CREDIT: Tyrone Turner / WAMU

This story from WAMU’s Ally Schweitzer gives us all some encouragement. We’re delighted to be Albion’s independent bookstore and a social destination for thinkers, drinkers (smoothies and coffee thank you very much) talkers, authors, artists and musicians.

We’re working like crazy towards our August Grand Opening so stay tuned for more updates!

A brief excerpt:

There’s no question about it: Amazon has walloped brick-and-mortar bookstores across the country. But in the Washington region, mom-and-pop booksellers say they’re not going anywhere.

At least five small, independent bookstores have opened locally in the last two years, with more on the way. Solid State Books is a new shop heading to H Street NE. Big indie players Politics and Prose, Kramerbooks and Busboys and Poets have either expanded or are planning expansions, and innovative ventures such as mobile shop Duende District are remaking what it means to be a bookstore.

Is this surge of energy a fluke, or does it mark a new chapter for independent bookstores? Local booksellers are leaning toward the latter, but they say challenges still lie ahead.

Here’s a look at what indie bookstores have going for them and what hurdles they continue to face … (continued)

Read the full story here

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