Indies vs. The Big Chains

Yeah, the debate continues. Tyler Cowen says that independent bookstores aren’t good for much, while Jessa says it’s a lot more nuanced than a simple indies vs. chains argument.

I’ll have more to say on this later, but right now I’m dealing with a two Advil headache. But I will say this: I went to one of my favorite bookstores in the world, an indie right near my home, looking for the new 10th Anniversary anthology book for, and none of the employees I talked to (and we’re talking twentysomethings who probably use the web, not people in their 50s) had even heard of (And while we’re on the subject, I was at an indie record store recently, and the owner had never heard of Tommy Keene. What’s up with that?)

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