Dispossessed: the closing of bookshops

Bookshops are in the news again, with bookstore chains such as Borders and Angus & Robertsons hitting hard times. But what of the small independent bookshops, especially those that sell second-hand books?

Here’s a story The Age ran some years back, about a local bookshop.

It begins:

You turn left at the post-office and there it is, the empty bookshop. You look through the windows and think of all the good quality second-hand books that were there, only a few weeks ago.

General fiction was down the narrow corridor on the left that led to the backroom treasure trove. Children’s books were to the right, in the area behind Helen Green’s counter. Australian fiction and poetry were near the old stereo that played jazz and classical music.

Goodbye to Slightly Bent Books


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