Independant Bookstores: A Dying Species

In today’s Strib there is an article about Bound to Be Read going out of business.

Even the backing of Hubbard Broadcasting (Bound to Be Read‘s president is Stan Hubbard‘s daughter) couldn’t save the local independant bookseller in St. Paul stay afloat in the midst of the glut of book-buying options for consumers.

About a year ago, a wonderful store, Ruminator Books, went out of business because the competition of Wal*Mart-style discount booksellers and online giants like Amazon.com was too much for them to combat.

In order for the Twin Cities to maintain the terrific book stores we have, we need to all make an effort to visit them. Here’s a quick list of some of the independant booksellers in the Twin Cities ready to sate your book-buying urges:

Amazon Feminist Bookstore
Biermaier’s Fine Used Books
The Book House
Cumming’s Used Books
DreamHaven Books and Comics
Magers & Quinn
Magus Books
Micawber’s (owned by ex-Hungry Mind/Ruminator folks)
Once Upon A Crime
Query Booksellers
Red Balloon (children’s books)
Sixth Chamber
Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore
Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore
Wild Rumpus Room (children’s books)

1 Comment so far

  1. soelo (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 9:27 am

    And sadly, the downtown location of Magers & Quinn just lost it’s lease and closed, so they only have the Uptown location left.



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