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Tue December 10, 2013
Independent bookstores are enjoying a renaissance
Remember "You've Got Mail," The Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romantic comedy?
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."
That was 1998, and many small independent bookstores were indeed fighting for their lives in the face of the big-chain stores.
Now, in 2013, the book-selling landscape has changed. Borders books collapsed in 2011 and Barnes & Noble closed many of its stores.
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.
Deborah Leonard, director of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, and Peter Makin, owners of Brilliant Books in Traverse City, joined us today.
Listen to the full interview above.