The latest BookSquare post, Save The Bookstore, Save The Community, proposes that the way for independent bookstores to survive is not to stock more product, but rather to build a sense of community:
So what of the independent bookstore? How will it survive? The answer is both simple and near-impossible: by rethinking what it means to be an independent bookstore. Community, companionship, coffee, cabernet… It isn’t just books that the stores need to sell, it’s a lifestyle. If social networking is the magical glue of the Internet, it is surely the magical glue of real life. Browsing and buying of books needs to be part of a larger effort to build community.
What do you think? Would such efforts keep you from Amazon and the local bookstore chain? Are such efforts enough to make you change your shopping habits?