Note: This is the second installment of our MoS Best of 2015
To read or not to read, that is not the question. 2015 was good to readers. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is investing in delivery drones and launching rockets into space, but his empire has not made brick-and-mortar bookstores extinct (he has even opened his own).
People are reading again. Sales are up at independent bookstores that promote literary culture and community. Great books are being published, and a few are becoming great shows and films, like Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.
LG offered the following posts on the revival of indie bookstores, the resilience of physical books, and the revolt against “sexist reading habits,” which culminated, locally, in the Decatur Book Festival’s 2015 theme, #READdifferent:
“Rejoice”: Readers, Books, and an End to Literary Sexism
Wolf Hall and the Madness of Power
Independent Bookstore Day 2015