Ahem, excuse me. I got a little choked up reading this article on the wonders that are good independent bookstores. Granted, this is from a paper in the UK, but I think applies here in the US as well. My store is very much like the London Review Bookshop. We “try to filter out some elements of the mass market which the chains are better equipped to promote.” We rely on good selection, good staff, and good atmosphere. And it’s worked. We’ve been around for over 70 years!