May 8, 2009

Location, location, location


In a report for the great book industry news letter Shelf Awareness, editor-in-chief John Mutter notes a newsletter from Maine bookseller Nonesuch Books that “explained the value of local businesses in one of the most strikingly thorough ways we’ve ever seen.”

The newsletter — reprinted in its entirety in the SA report — simply outlines that “The change in our economy has made the conversation about shopping locally more important than in was the past. The reason is because locally owned stores like Nonesuch Books employ many other local businesses to help with their operations, and purchase many of the products they sell through local trade sales representatives. Essentially, many other people in our area (our neighbors) make a living doing business with Nonesuch Books. This helps our whole local economy, instead of just helping a national conglomerate from another state.”

By the time you get through the detailed breakdown, you’ll be a believer, too.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives