It's sad really, when a venerable business such as this closes up, and yet people clamor for bookstores,when what they really want is libraries with cafes. It's too bad.
The comments at the end of that article are ridiculous in that people talk about how sad and how sorry Philadelphia and indeed America are, for the closings of bookstores. But this is less about anti-intellectualism than it is commerce and the cheapest price, with a helping of ease thrown in for good measure. The big chains were the first part of the equation in the mass undoing of these independents. But the internet was ultimately the demise of so many. Nearly anything can be found through the internet. Even if some of us prefer bricks and mortar. Sadly we seem to be in the minority.
I am not the Jackass Whisperer.
This is indeed a shame, but I guess inevitable. Robins Books was one of our city's little treasures. I really admire how Mr. Robin is attempting to transition his business into the Internet age as a salon. He continues to be a leader and innovator.
It's not just lowest price and that Amazon replaced book stores as a source of book purchases, but that the always-on Internet has greatly decreased our need for books. Who needs an out of date hard copy collecting dust on your shelf when up to date info is out there on the Web?
It's sad. If Robins were the only decent independent bookstore in town it'd be a lot sadder, but there are a number of other good stores, and there've been some new openings in recent years too. I think Philly's independent bookstore scene is reasonably healthy, certainly compared to a lot of other parts of the country.