Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian doesn't care for chain bookstores, but since her favourite indies went bust awhile back; it's either that or Amazon, where she ordered her wares after a fruitless search at her local Borders.
I'd like to suggest that for every time someone on a blog or newspaper writes an article that reads "damn all the chain stores for forcing under my favourite little shop, which I remember fondly from days gone by (Higgins even remembers the booksellers names) so now I have to shop online..yes, black days.. capitalism bad, etc....
that they at least send the aforementioned former proprietor a small stipend.
Otherwise, please keep your heartache to yourself.
Posted by David