Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Books. Who Needs 'Em?

FAREWELL COMING FOR TELEGRAPH LANDMARK: Cody's to close book on flagship store.
Independent bookseller bows to financial pressure as sales fall and area said to be in decline.

Although the other two Cody's locations will remain open this is still very depressing news.
It could mean one of two things for us other booksellers in the area:
1. We're more fucked than we thought we were.
2. We'll skate by for just a little longer on their lost new book sales.

Times are tough right now for dreamers.


Blogger Elka said...

As crappy as that is, I really feel like Cody's suffers due to its proximity to Moe's--who on Telegraph Ave gives a shit about new books when they can go to Moe's and find the thumbed through versions for so much cheaper? Elly, Dan, Chris, and I had this little convo yesterday when we tried to figure out why exactly the Telegraph location is the most suffering one....

12:24 PM  
Blogger jeff t. johnson said...

moe's also has a really comfortable, broken-in atmosphere. as much as i love the the magazine hothouse in cody's, i have trouble digging into the rest of the store, which has always seemed a little clean and prim to me. maybe i'm just not comfortable in a bookstore unless there are lots of used books around--old covers, dog ears, marginalia, compromising photos and other bookmark treasures, and that book-mold smell.

still, i'll be awfully sad to see cody's go, and telegraph will be a lot less telegraphy.

it's time, though, for us to hold onto what we love. or anyway, i'll never take moe's for granted again.

10:33 AM  
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