Ann Patchett says “it’s not over” for bookstores

Author Ann Patchett has opened a bookstore in Nashville, a city of 630,000 that previously had no bookstores left. In this video from the BBC, Patchett talks about something that I have also argued: that although chain bookstores may be dead or dying, independent bookstores can thrive because of their ability to build personal relationships and to specialize. Ultimately, I think that even Patchetts bookstore will need to become more than a bookstore–more like a museum, a coffeehouse, a meeting place, a lecture hall, an art gallery, a home design center–in order to survive. But for now, independent bookstores like hers can do well.

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