I just read this article in The Atlantic (the Atlantic has opened its archives by the way) about how great the chain bookstores are. I feel a little dirty now. Yes, the author makes some valid points, but she also doesn’t mention that the publishers often pay the chains for placement of their books in windows and displays. I’m glad that the non-urban areas of the country now have access to books, but I also know that most of the money spent in my store will stay in the local economy. Money spent at Barnes and Noble? Not so much. I’m glad it’s Friday and that my blog is working again.