“Buying books is immensely comforting. Maybe I won’t read them immediately, but they make me feel so much better whenever I’m sad and blue. Just their presence, it’s like having more to look forward to.”—vagabond (via loveyourchaos)
“Of course I had read that eventually you wind up losing track of time in prison. But it hadn’t meant much to me when I’d read it. I hadn’t understood how days could be both long and short at the same time: long to live through, maybe, but so drawn out that they ended up flowing into one another. They lost their names. Only the words “yesterday” and “tomorrow” still had any meaning for me.”—The Stranger, Albert Camus (via dayruiningrobot)
“Next month, Avid Bookshop will achieve genuine bricks and mortar status at 493 Prince Avenue in Athens, Ga. Geddis anticipates a soft opening in about four weeks, aiming for a grand opening by mid-October. Shelving (previously used by Chapters Literary Bookstore, Washington, D.C.) arrived yesterday, and most of her new book inventory should be there soon. “Once the shelves are positioned and we’re ready to click ‘submit’ on our opening inventory, we’ll keep everyone updated with a firm grand opening date. We haven’t formally hired anyone yet, but we do have a list of at least 20 people who are applying (and we haven’t even advertised the bookselling positions yet!),” she noted.”—
I have a long post I’m thinking of (Really long, actually. In the old days, we’d have called it an essay), but the shorter version is this: There’s a dominant narrative that the traditional publishing industry is screwed, that physical books are going to disappear, and that indie bookstores are doomed. This narrative is false, and the only reason it seems so prevalent is that it benefits certain people to perpetuate it.
Janet is going to rock her bookstore. Athens, Georgia will be a better place for it.