I received this from my favorite indie bookstore here in Tucson, Mostly Books. The shop is a bibliophile’s dream: floor to nearly ceiling shelves of books covering all genres, used and new, hardcover and mass paperback and everything in between. Run by two sisters, Mostly Books is one of the final few indies left standing in a city of about a million people. This town used to support a ton of fabulous bookshops with names like Footsteps of A Giant Hound, The Bookmark, and Readers’ Oasis. Then B&N (the Walmart of booksellers) arrived and many little treasure troves of local atmosphere were crushed. Now online book shopping is causing more problems than the loss of bookstores.
Here is Mostly Books’ "Soapbox":
My issue is with the teacher.
Teaching jobs are being cut. Why?
Because there is not enough money in the state budget.
And why isn’t there enough money?
Because there is not enough sales tax being collected.
Well, guess what, Amazon does not pay sales tax to Arizona or most other states.
The other problem is jobs. Every time you buy online, local people lose jobs. If you choose to shop local, it helps create, or save, jobs in the local economy. This in turn helps the city and the state with taxes, etc. and those people then spend money locally, and on it goes.
We ALL need to support each other and SHOP LOCAL.
Teachers, please, call a local store and tell them what books your students need and they will order them for you. Tell your colleagues to do the same.
Parents, tell your children’s teachers the same thing.