I’ve been conditioned by the movie You’ve Got Mail to assume any announcement made by a bookstore around Christmastime will be a sad one. But not this year!
Greenwich Village’s Strand Book Store reported record sales on the Monday before Christmas.
“Yesterday we had our best sales day in the history of 86 years at the store. So thankful for all of you,” the bookstore tweeted early Christmas Eve.
On Friday, the store tweeted a photo of bibliophilic Christmas shoppers packed on the celebrated store’s main floor, near the cash registers. Books and buyers stretched back as far as the eye can see. This was accompanied by a simple declaration: “Bookstores are not dead.”
(Well, some are. Did you read The Onion’s article about Fox Books filing for bankruptcy?)
Fox Books? When you pander to an audience that needs to move their lips to think, you know they only read headlines. That tiny type puts too much pressure on their minds.