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Thursday, October 06, 2005 11:03 AM
Sense of Place Trumps Price
Anita Sharpe on Culture

Nearly every town has seen a well-loved independent book store close in response to competition from Amazon and major book chains. So it was no surprise when 50-year-old Kepler's Books and Magazines in Silicon Valley sold its last hardback on Aug. 31.

But in this case, 17 investors from the wealthy community came together and put in $500,000 to keep the store open. And 370 people signed up to volunteer at Kepler's. One of those volunteers, Anne Banta (who is serving as Kepler's new chief marketing officer), told the New York Times that visiting the store was like going to the movies.'


2 comments

Troy Worman - 10/6/2005 11:48:34 PM
Wow! What a great story. I've always wanted to own a bookstore. I wonder, do the new owners of Kepler's have any plans for expansion or franchising?
Liz - 10/6/2005 11:45:40 AM
YAY for Kepler's!
I remember when I was growing up in NYC there was a great bookstore on the Upper West Side called 'Shakespeare & Co' (There's one in Paris still I believe). It was one of the first places that actually offered a place to sit & read and enjoy the surroundings....then B&N moved in a block away...the neighborhood tried to fight, but it lost. 'Shakespeare & Co' closed. It was a real heartbreaker.
Yes, I now use Amazon & B&N, but I'll always remember 'Shakespeare & Co.'
Liz
www.caregiverscommunity.com

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