Why You Should Still Be Going To Bookstores

Ah, yes. Bookstores. Remember those? They were great. But does anyone actually go to them anymore? In an age where everything is digital, it’s hard to keep the bookstores alive. But guess what? We have to. And here’s why.

First of all, bookstores have really stepped up their game. I mean really. I recently went to a Barnes and Noble, and unlike the fluorescently lit, small one I remember going to as a child (which, surprise surprise- closed down!), the new one had amazing food, an adorable cafe, and a beautiful layout complete with big comfy chairs to read in and of course, plenty of books. Besides that, they had lots to offer in addition to their books, such as vinyl (hey, it’s coming back) and live poetry slams (get your snaps ready.) So basically what I’m saying is, if we don’t start going to our local bookstores anymore, where are we going to find poetry slams, records, books, and coffee all in one place? It’s convenience people!

Secondly, we have to keep bookstores alive so e-books don’t take over. Now, I’ll confess- I own a Kindle. Does this make me a hypocrite? Maybe. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not qualified to tell you why buying real books is extremely important, especially in this age of e-books, e-readers, just about e-anything you can think of. Before you think I’m bad-mouthing e-readers, though, let me just tell you- I love my Kindle. That thing has been my travel companion for several years now. I mean, who wants to carry a stack of heavy books with them on a plane when they could have thousands of them at their fingertips downloaded on a piece of technology that weighs about the same as a smartphone? However, there’s nothing better than holding a physical book in your hand. Besides, you can write notes in the margin, put post-it notes on important pages, and underline good quotes (I know you can do some of this on a Kindle, but it’s just not the same.) Also, you know how great the smell of “old book” is? Well, we can’t exactly admire the scent of an “old e-book,” now can we?

Lastly, bookstores are an experience. They are a place where friendships can be created (I had a nice conversation about Sylvia Plath with my cashier,) new discoveries can be made, and most importantly, books can find a new home! So please, instead of ordering or downloading a book online, visit your local bookstore. Trust me, it’s worth the trip.

Because the feeling of running your fingertips across rows of books? The sight of shelves and shelves jam-packed full of words that make up incredible worlds and even more incredible stories? The comforting and familiar scent of ink and paper? That doesn’t come with an e-reader. This, my friend, is precisely why bookstores are so valuable. Going to a bookstore is like going on an adventure where you get to bring a new little adventure (or five if you’re like me) home with you, sandwiched between a front and back cover.

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Thanks for reading! Do you agree? Do you have a favorite bookstore? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out my TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest to stay updated!

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32 thoughts on “Why You Should Still Be Going To Bookstores”

  1. Great post Charlotte. Now following you and am reblogging this to my blog on Routine Matters. So many bookstores have closed in UK, the largest being borders. Biggest chain now Waterstones. They have also upped their game with cafe, chairs and guest authors. And you are so right about the smell of books. Wonderful. I also have a kindle which has become so useful. I tend to download book samples and then buy copy in a bookshop. All the best. Chris. 😁

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  2. This is great!! Just came across it via “Routine Matters,” a blog I follow. I just emailed the link to it to the owner of my neighbourhood bookstore in Montreal West where I had my own book launch this past Saturday! It was great!!! Nothing like that homey, comfy atmosphere of a local bookstore: bonder.com.

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  3. So totally agree!! I still love to go to bookstores! Nothing compares to the feel of a book in your hand and like you said, the “smell”. I too have a Kindle and love it for its convenience BUT actual books are still the BEST!
    Great post!

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  4. Bookstores are great, especially the small independent ones, and used bookstores. But don’t forget libraries. They’ve really upped their game too, and offer way more than books, including author events, makerspaces, etc. And they’re free! Of course, you can’t keep the stuff you borrow, and they don’t all have coffee shops (although some do), but both bookstores and libraries deserve support.

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  5. My favourite bookshop is at Alnwick in Northumberland since you ask. It’s a second-hand bookstore in an old railway station ( the biggest secondhand bookshop in the UK) . which has a miniature train running around the top shelves. The old waiting rooms have been turned into a cafe. The reading room has highback victorian chairs and real fires. It smells of old leather bindings and much-loved pages and I can waste hours in there just roming the stacks, then ordering a cup of tea and sitting in the reading room for an hour or two.

    It’s mildly famous, as it happens, its even sign posted about 5 miles away off the motorway


    Sadly it also was responsible for all the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ meme when they found a box with old posters ten years ago and decided to start selling copies of the original posters in the shop

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