The Business Of Books: Phoenix-Area Bookstores Connecting Communities
It’s a narrative often repeated: Amazon is killing bookstores. Over the last decade, big chains like Borders, B Dalton and Waldenbooks have all closed their doors. But the number of local, independent bookstores has increased. In this five-part series, meet the people behind metro Phoenix's independent stores and learn how they've adapted in the ever changing marketplace.
The number of local, independent bookstores has been on the rise for a decade. This month, the Valley’s oldest indie bookstore is celebrating its 45th anniversary.
The Poisoned Pen
What started with a niche, has morphed into an events business focused on developing the careers of new authors.
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore
Through books, workshops and events, this business promotes cultural representation and diversity through literature, language and the arts.
It started with a $1 transaction in 1976. Today, customers in three Arizona markets can buy, sell and trade used books, video games and more.
All About Books And Comics
Two distinct groups shop this store: pop culture fans looking for their favorite characters and collectors willing to spend big bucks on a few old pages.