Authors & Speakers Network Blog with Larry James

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Are Printed Books Dead? Are Independent Bookstores Dead?

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Best-selling author and store owner Ann Patchett (State of Wonder, Bel Canto) talks about the fate of independent bookstores and why a revival seems more possible these days than ever before.

For many years, independent bookstores were on the list of endangered species when national retail chains and internet commerce began to chip away at their consumer base. It left a city like Nashville, Tennessee (population 626,000) without a proper bookstore.

The BBC’s Franz Strasser paid a visit to Ms Patchett’s new Parnassus bookstore and spoke to customers as well as authors Myra McEntire (Hourglass) and Amy Plum (Until I Die).

Most statistics in the video (9:27) are courtesy of Al Greco, Fordham University.

Copyright © 2013 – Ann Patchett. Ann Patchett is an American author. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. Visit her Website!



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