12 March 2009

The Politics of Prose

Shakespeare and Company, Paris

I spent my post-college days working in the children's section, and then as the sidelines buyer of Politics & Prose, an independent bookstore and DC institution, where I am absolutely certain I received an education as valuable as the one I paid for at another DC institution.  Reading this article by Jeanette Winterson, I learn that "At present, small bookshops in France can thrive because the chains aren't allowed to undercut the cover price of any title by more than 5%."  As is stands here, Barnes & Noble, et al.  are selling you books for nearly the very same price that publishers charge independent bookstores for them.