My favorite place to be (outside of my home) is in a bookstore. Like many avid readers, traveling to new places means visiting new bookstores. The stores are the lens through which I see a new place and the way I learn about local authors. We’ll be in Nashville, Tennessee next week, and what I’m most looking forward to is checking out the local bookstores. Well, today’s New York Times provided me with yet one more reminder that my favorite places are an endangered species. The article appears at the front of “Business Day,” and as you might guess, the point of the story is that sales of e-books are rising and challenging traditional booksellers.
My son’s children may not recognize what we think of as a bookstore. He or she may only know e-books. I’m considering purchasing a Kindle soon and am excited about some of its features and the convenience of carrying multiple books without the heavy bookbag. However, I felt sad when the Times article pointed out that fewer readers are “strolling aisles and persuing covers” in their local bookstore.
So, in honor of the endangered bookstore, here is a series of three books from the Puffin Easy-to-Read series about a bookstore (that only sells ghost stories). I may purchase copies now so that when my grandchildren ask about bookstores, I can show them what they were like. The Bookstore series was written by Barbara Maitland. The first two feature bright and cheery illustrations by Nadine Bernard Wescott, and the most recent entry features equally wonderful illustrations by David LaRochelle.
The Bookstore Ghost
The Bookstore Burglar
The Bookstore Valentine