Monday, December 13, 2010

Minnesota Indies Succumb to Economy/Publishing Paradigm Shift

StarTribune: "No more Biermaier's Books in Minneapolis, for 60 years among the largest used bookstores in Minnesota. No more J. O'Donoghue Books in Anoka, serving the north metro for four decades. No more Northern Lights Books & Gifts in Duluth, calling it quits after 17 years. And no more Cummings Books in Dinkytown, which papered over its windows last month. Others such as the Bookcase of Wayzata -- the oldest independent bookseller in the Twin Cities with roots in the 1950s -- are hanging on by their book jackets as e-books gain popularity in the booming online market. 'We have lost a lot of regular customers to the e-book revolution,' said owner Charlie Leonard."