bookstore en Independent bookstores are enjoying a renaissance <p>Remember "You've Got Mail," The Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romantic comedy?</p><p>Writer-director Norah Ephron says she wanted to make a point about little independent bookstores like Meg Ryan's "Shop Around the Corner" being crushed by the big-chain bookstores, Tom Hanks' "Fox Books."</p><p>That was 1998, and many small independent bookstores were indeed fighting for their lives in the face of the big-chain stores.</p><p>Now, in 2013, the book-selling landscape has changed. Borders books collapsed in 2011 and Barnes &amp; Noble closed many of its stores.</p><p>There is Amazon with its talk of using drones to drop your order at your door in a few years. But guess what? Independent bookstores are enjoying something of a renaissance.</p><p>Deborah Leonard, director of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, and Peter Makin, owners of Brilliant Books in Traverse City, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:30:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 15610 at Independent bookstores are enjoying a renaissance Michigan's Antiquarian book and paper collection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of us are book lovers.</span></p><p>An e-book reader is convenient in the sense that you can store dozens of books on it.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's also great if you're traveling and don't want to lug a big chunky book in your carry-on bag.</span></p><p>But if you believe there is no substitute for picking up a book, leafing through the pages, and exploring shelves of books, then the Curious Book Shop in East Lansing is the place to be.</p><p>Owner Ray Walsh carries the banner for wonderful old books, which includes the 57th Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:02:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 12012 at Michigan's Antiquarian book and paper collection With Borders gone, holiday sales up at many indie bookstores <p>Holiday sales appear to be up at most independent bookstores in Michigan, thanks in part to the fact that one of their major competitors is no longer around.</p><p>Borders, the <a href="">now defunct big bookstore chain</a>, was often <a href="">accused</a> of killing the independent bookstore. But those indie bookstores that remain are now reaping the benefits of Borders demise.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:07:16 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5433 at With Borders gone, holiday sales up at many indie bookstores Closing the book on Borders' Ann Arbor store <p>Today, the doors will close for the final time at the Borders bookstore in Ann Arbor.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s a significant milestone marking the final days of the Ann Arbor-based bookseller.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Well it&#39;s so sad&hellip;.we&rsquo;ll miss&rsquo;em&hellip;great store,&rdquo;&nbsp;one longtime Borders&nbsp;customer said as she walked out the door of the bookseller&#39;s flagship store.&nbsp;That is the feeling of many people who stopped by the Borders store in Ann Arbor on its last day. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:22:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 4119 at Closing the book on Borders' Ann Arbor store News roundup: Borders to go out of business <p>Borders Group Inc., the Ann Arbor-based bookstore chain, <a href="">announced yesterday that it is closing</a> after failing to find a buyer. Some stores will close as early as Friday. The liquidation of Borders is making headlines across the state and around the country:</p><ul><li><em></em>: <a href="">Mich. book chain Borders closing after 40 years</a></li><li><em>The New York Times</em>: <a href=";sq=borders&amp;st=cse">Calling off auction, Borders to liquidate</a></li><li><em></em>: <a href="">10,700 jobs lost, 400 in Ann Arbor</a></li><li><em>Detroit Free Press</em>: <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Borders to shut down for good after deal collapses</a></li><li><em>Detroit News</em>: <a href="">Final chapter for Borders; 10,700 workers to lose jobs</a></li></ul><p>Meanwhile, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s office says the closing of Borders is more a reflection of publishing industry problems than a statement about Michigan&#39;s business climate, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>His office says the fall of Borders marks the end of an important piece of Michigan history. Snyder is a former Ann Arbor businessman who was elected as a Republican in November.</p><p>Spokeswoman Geralyn Lasher says the Snyder administration will &quot;want to look closely from the jobs perspective of people in the state.&quot; Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:03:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 3367 at News roundup: Borders to go out of business Some independent bookstores look to cash in on author events <p>Independent booksellers are continuously looking for ways to compete with online retail giants like <a href="">Amazon</a>.</p><p>A <a href="">recent New York Times article</a> highlights how some independent bookstores are taking advantage of something online retails can&#39;t provide: in-person author events. Here&#39;s an excerpt:</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:28:17 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3008 at Some independent bookstores look to cash in on author events Ann Arbor economic development leaders want to keep Borders HQ <p>Economic development leaders in Ann Arbor are hoping Borders Books will find a new home for its headquarters in city where the company started.&nbsp;</p><p>Four decades ago, Borders started as bookstore in Ann Arbor.&nbsp; With the big box bookstore chain now in bankruptcy protection, Borders executives are planning to move out of their Ann Arbor headquarters.&nbsp;</p><p>But where?&nbsp;&nbsp; As part of the company&rsquo;s bankruptcy plan, Borders is looking for less expensive office space to rent.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:05:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 2007 at Ann Arbor economic development leaders want to keep Borders HQ Borders spokeswoman insists decision to leave Ann Arbor has not been made <p>A report in the <a href="">Wall Street Journal</a> suggested Borders plans to move its headquarters from Ann Arbor. But company spokeswoman Mary Davis insists no final decision has been made.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are looking at a number of options all around the greater metropolitan Detroit area including Ann Arbor. News reports are making it sound like the decision is final and we are moving out of Ann Arbor. That is not the case.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The Wall Street Journal reported&nbsp;late last night that Borders will outline its&nbsp;future plans to a group of its creditors today. Part of those plans<a href=""> involves moving out of the company&#39;s Ann Arbor headquarters</a>. The company has said&nbsp;the building no longer serves&nbsp;Borders needs. Borders issued a statement saying the company will&nbsp;look for a new facility in metro Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Borders filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. Since then, Borders&nbsp;moved to close more than 200 bookstores, including four in Michigan. Borders hopes to exit&nbsp;bankruptcy protection later this year, possibly in late summer or early fall.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Borders, once a leader in the nation&#39;s book selling industry, has struggled in recent years as book buyers have moved online. Wed, 06 Apr 2011 18:06:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 1939 at Borders spokeswoman insists decision to leave Ann Arbor has not been made Artpod: Making a (book) list, checking it twice <p>Need help finding the perfect holiday gift for the bibliophile in your life?</p><p>The folks at the <a href=",1607,7-140-54504---,00.html">Library of Michigan</a> have come up with their annual <a href=",1607,7-140-54574_39583-248258--,00.html">"Michigan Notable Books" list</a>: 20 books about Michigan or by Michigan authors.</p><p>We interview Randy Riley on this week's <a href="">Artpod</a>. Riley is in charge of special collections at the Library of Michigan, and he says "there’s something for everybody on this list." Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:36:15 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 599 at Artpod: Making a (book) list, checking it twice