Month: August 2015

A Tunnel of Books



Who Needs Bookstores? We All Do.

Why do we even bother going to bookstores?

For instance, if I want to buy a book I have to walk almost four blocks, and pretty long blocks they are, to After-Words, a two-level shop at 23 E. Illinois St. ( that contains 70,000 new and used books. Google Maps tells me that the walk is only .02 miles, but it sure does seem longer.

Still, as tough as I may have it—sometimes it is raining or very hot or snowing — I can barely imagine the difficulties others have getting their hands on a book. Some people even have to get in their cars and drive to a bookstore.

And why? More…