This week’s bibliosite comes with a story which poses a question I’m chewing on. So here is what fell out of a book recently:
What a lovely looking bookshop! And it’s been in business since 1847! Wow. Must be quite the place . . . a place you can depend on to be there forever, I would think.
After doing some web research I found the following:
George’s is now owned by Blackwell, the 2007 winner of the retail chain of the year award by the Retail Bookseller Awards. George’s went from being the quaint independent bookstore everyone wants to succeed to selling out to the man.
Was this such a bad turn of events?
I can imagine Blackwell’s ownership is able to provide a level of service and efficiency that George’s was not able to provide. I imagine Blackwell’s can provide a stability and health benefits to its workers that George’s could probably not provide. So what makes us feel sad about the loss of George’s? What was lost?
What do you think?