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JORDAN’S ‘PAY AS YOU LIKE’ BOOKSTORE SAVED BY CROWD-FUNDING

“For years, Hamzeh AlMaaytah nurtured a community of book lovers in Jordan, keeping his bookstore in Amman’s old center open around the clock, encouraging customers to linger over rare treasures and often allowing them to set the price for a purchase. His supporters recently had a chance to repay him when the local landmark was threatened with closure, following a sudden illness that sidelined him for several months as bills were piling up. By April, 330 people from more than 20 countries had contributed $18,000 in a crowd-funding campaign launched by two friends.” (via The Associated Press)

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As Amazon Moves In, A Local Bookseller Hopes To Thrive With A Personal Touch

“When Amazon comes to town to sell books from a bricks-and-mortar store of its own, what happens to a neighborhood bookstore nearby?On Tuesday, the online retailer opened a 5,800-square-foot store in Dedham, Mass. — the company’s first bookstore on the East Coast. The suburban Boston store joins Amazon’s three other locations on the West Coast.” (via NPR)

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Farewell, BookCourt: You Showed What a Bookstore Can Do

“BookCourt—the beloved, family-owned and family-run bookshop at 163 Court Street, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn—opened on September 12, 1981. It will close at the end of this year, on December 31st. Thirty-five years as an independent bookseller: it wasn’t a bad run. “Against many odds, BookCourt grew and flourished in a time when many independent bookstores closed,” the owners, Henry M. Zook and Mary B. Gannett, wrote in a letter to their customers, this morning.” (via The New Yorker)

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The Bronx Loses Its Only Bookstore

“The Bronx is home to 1.5 million people, two hundred thousand public-school students, eleven colleges and universities, and a single general-interest bookstore—a Barnes & Noble, located in the Bay Plaza shopping center, in Co-op City, in the northeast section of the borough. The chain arrived there in 1999, after Stephen B. Kaufman, then an assemblyman living in Throgs Neck, grew tired of driving to the Barnes & Noble in Yonkers to purchase books he couldn’t find in one of the borough’s two small independent bookshops, both of which have since closed down.” (via The New Yorker)

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London Bookstores Go Rogue as No Wi-Fi Zones

“What do literary tourists look for when they visit the British Isles? Often it’s the quaint, old-fashioned bookshops that provide the perfect excuse to browse uninterrupted and to disconnect from the world. Until recently, the trend for barista-made coffee and high-speed Wi-Fi was considered by some in the city’s bookish crowd to be ruining London’s centuries-old tradition of disconnected browsing.” (via The New York Times)

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