Who the hell said that bookstores are a thing of the past … emulsified in the wake of the digital storm?
I got news! There is an 84-year-old bookstore in New York that is not only still standing … BUT, is thriving on the printed word …
Books and bookstores, have been having a hard time in the United States in the last few years. Not long ago, large discount booksellers drove many small, independent book stores out of business. Now, those superstores are taking a hit from on-line and digital book sellers. Borders — the country’s number two book chain — recently declared bankruptcy and Amazon says it is now selling more e-books than printed ones. But in New York City, there’s a family owned, independent book store that is still going strong.
Family owned business
The Strand Book store, in New York’s East Village, is surrounded by huge buildings belonging to New York University. It is more than 84 years old and is among the oldest cultural institutions in New York. It’s affectionately known for the row of tables outside, filled with one-dollar books.
Nancy Bass Wyden, Strand’s manager, is the granddaughter of the store’s founder, Benjamin Bass.
Nancy and her father, Fred Bass, say the store owes at least part of its success to its location in New York City.