Keep Your eReader And Your Local Bookstore

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By Melanie Tighe –

Sadly, another couple of bookstores closed in the Valley last month. When we opened Dog-Eared Pages in 2008, there were more than 55 bookstores in the Phoenix area. We’re down to about 16 now. You would think those of us left would be busy, but we’re not. Sales are down over last year according to every bookseller I know.

Readers love their eBooks, we get that, but we also know many of you love print books, too. You probably like having them on your shelves in your home, enjoy collecting them and giving them as gifts. If you’d like to have both real books and eBooks as options in five or 10 years from now, please think about where you buy your print books today.

If you’re buying them anyplace but a bookstore, you’re doing a disservice to yourself, your children and your community. Stop into your local bookstore, It’s worth the trip. I guarantee you’ll get better conversations than picking up that paperback at Walmart.

There are still a few great indie bookstores left in the Valley: The Poisoned Pen, The Book Vault, Changing Hands, Bookmans, Book Krazy, The BookTrader, The Book Gallery, Thrifty Joes, Chapter 2, and so far, we’re still here.

Melanie Tighe with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.)

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