Robin’s Bookstore and the state of Independent Bookstores

    How did you find out about the last book you read? Where do you go to talk about your favorite book? The neighborhood independent bookstore has been resource for book lovers and a safe haven for people to meet over ideas. Robin’s Bookstore, Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookseller, is closing its doors January 31st 2009. LARRY ROBIN comes into our studio to describe his difficult decision to close the bookstore his grandfather opened in the 1930s. And LAURA J. MILLER, PhD., Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University talks to us about the state of the independent bookstore. She is the author of “Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption.” Listen to the mp3

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