OK, no one has ever been able to adequtely explain this to me:
What's so good about independent bookstores?
I'm serious. When I go a-buying books, I pretty much know what I want when I walk through the door. I sure don't want some well-meaning do-gooder trying to foist his or her recommendations upon me. I walk in grab what I want and maybe a couple-three extra things I might be interested in, find a sitting place, sort through what I've grabbed, and, usually, make my purchases and am gone. Add to this the fact that many independent bookstores don't have the slection I'm looking for, the whole experience just becomes a neckpain. Hell, Amazon may be the best thing for me--I can get exactly what I want, and I don't have to see people.
Have it at, indie defenders.