Choire Sicha on the Future of Bookselling

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By Jason Boog Comment

Will the Internet destroy literary culture? Author and The Awl co-founder Choire Sicha confessed at Bookish: I change my mind hourly.”

While talking about his new book, Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City, Sicha reminded readers that indie booksellers online could have a big impact on the future of bookselling. Check it out:

The Internet killed the independent bookseller. Sort of! Probably! Sometimes. But new book purveyors are springing up online, like Emily Books, which brings to light a new or recent or rediscoverable fabulous feminist book every month. Would Emily Books exist just with a printing press and a bunch of mailing labels in some basement? It’s possible, but it’d sure be a lot harder to reach customers.

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