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Old 04-03-2017, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:33 PM
 
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Other than Seattle and San Francisco with a beatnik bookstore legacy that they value maintaining, this list is really just a list of where real estate is cheap. There are almost no bookstores left in Boston proper. Cincinnati used to have so many more used bookstores than it does today. I guess everywhere did. That one on McMicken was my favorite. Then the tiny one in Peebles corner open randomly or by appointment.
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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I liked Duttenhofer's so much I rented an apartment above it.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:23 PM
 
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Half.com/Ebay is what killed bookstores. Book sellers got used and collectible books and jacked prices out of sight because no one had the time to browse physical stores. That all ended with Ebay/half.

No longer could book sellers charge thousands for books worth hundreds.

Good riddance to them.
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:50 PM
 
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Half.com/Ebay is what killed bookstores. Book sellers got used and collectible books and jacked prices out of sight because no one had the time to browse physical stores. That all ended with Ebay/half.

No longer could book sellers charge thousands for books worth hundreds.

Good riddance to them.

Worth mentioning on the thread just as a public service: I have no connection except as a satisfied member: www.paperbackswap.com In many cases, no longer need readers pay more than just the cost of media mail.


I do understand that we can't expect to maintain a culture of good quality writing if people don't buy the books new from someplace. That said, I have to leave that up to those with more disposable cash than I have. I'm happy with their castoffs.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:58 PM
 
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Its been an awfully long time since new book sales supported the independent book store. The department stores and then the chain book stores put an end to that many moons ago. Now grocery and chain Rx have book departments. And, with digital publishing there are far more titles than ever could be displayed in a neighborhood store. Of course, one could get the latest Stephen King or JK Rowland offering, but there might me 1000 new titles a week.

A place to browse a little and get a glass of wine is the new formula I suppose.
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Old 04-04-2017, 05:10 AM
 
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I liked Duttenhofer's so much I rented an apartment above it.
the city does have some good shops. duttenhofer's, man that place is great. very happy it's still in business. the ohio book store downtown is one of my favorite establishments in the city. roebling point and iris are good times, probably more cafe driven, which is fine if that's how you gotta get me my books

how in the hell, especially in a city like boston are there no independent book stores?
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Old 04-07-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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Far less book stores than there once was. Even the limited section at Krogers is limiting (at least in poor white neighborhoods). It really angers me since I read 20+ books a month (historical romance but heck, at least I read The Krogers in Mt. Carmel used to have a big book section now it's gone. I wonder if it's because of the low income people in the immediate area?
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