Further news on the plight of the physical bookstore front. Berkeley’s Serendipity Books is closing. Man, if a bookstore can’t survive in Berkeley, where can it? Well, one place is Charlottesville, VA, which I chose to move to in part because of the plethora of bookstores. But even here in this cultural mecca that shades blue in otherwise red territory, bookstores may not survive the retirement or demise of their owners.
In related news, Criminal Records, one of Atlanta’s largest non-chain music retailers whose owner was involved in forming Record Store Day, a nationwide event to increase awareness of and traffic to independent record stores, is expected to close by November, barring some benefactor. Eric Levin blames the economy, not digital downloads or box stores, but it would also seem he missed the class about paying your taxes.
Speaking of the demise of physical presence, Michael Hart, who is credited with creating the first e-book forty years ago by typing the Declaration of Independence into a computer on, you guessed it, July 4, has died.
If you can, go out today to your local bookseller/record store and buy something. Do your bit to get the economy going. Exactly how someone is supposed to help you get your personal economy going, I’m not sure, but a good book or record can at least make you feel better about not being able to buy other stuff you can’t afford.