But a bookstore is not just a place to buy books. If you don't know what I mean by that, I'm guessing that you don't hang out much in bookstores. And when a bookstore goes away, it's usually not replaced by another bookstore. It's just gone.
Years ago, when a restaurant went out of business in my hometown, the heartbroken owner put up a sign: "The End of Our Dream." It occurs to me that when a bookstore announces that it's giving up the ghost, the sentiment on that sign applies to a lot more people than just the owner.
~ Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune