Thriving Indies in New York and Seattle
In the wake of the closing on Friday of Rizzoli Bookstore and the New York Times's recent article about the effects of high Manhattan commercial rents on bookstores, New York magazine noted that the "familiar tale [is] not about the end of reading, but about New York real estate." In "6 Independent Bookstores Are Thriving--and How They Do It," Boris Kachka and Joshua David Stein profiled two Manhattan and four Brooklyn stores: McNally Jackson Books, Greenlight Bookstore, powerHouse Books, Three Lives & Company, Community Bookstore and BookCourt.
Photo: Matthew Ryan Williams/NYT
For its part, the Times went far afield for a positive story on indies, offering a feature on how Seattle bookstores are thriving despite--and in a few cases because of--Amazon's presence in the city. "As Amazon has exploded with growth, hiring thousands of tech workers at its downtown headquarters and helping bolster the Seattle economy, local bookstore owners have seen a surprising new side of the company they loved to hate: Many Amazon employees, it turns out, are readers who are not shopping at the company store," the paper wrote.
The story went into detail about Jeopardy! champion and former Amazon books editor Tom Nissley's purchase of Santoro's Books, which he is turning into Phinney Books. (See our interview with him here.)