The Printed Page

Hear ye, old-fashioned fans of the printed page …

This is the best news I’ve heard all day:

Print publications are alive and well.

That’s right—books are still being bound, and magazines (marvelous magazines!) will still manifest in your mailboxes.

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The New York Times tells us it’s true.

(Happy dance with me, won’t you?)

Rest assured, I’m not simply rejoicing from the standpoint of an author and editor, but as a reader as well. Remember how I love that old book smell?

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Even better is the news that the persistence of print publication is proving profitable for small book sellers who feared imminent extinction in the digital age.

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“Independent bookstores, which were battered by the recession and competition from Amazon, are showing strong signs of resurgence,” writes Alexandra Alter of the New York Times. “The American Booksellers Association counted 1,712 member stores in 2,227 locations in 2015, up from 1,410 in 1,660 locations five years ago.”

Yes, the next generation may yet know the pleasure of turning a page.

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So, let’s smile on that awhile.