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Independent bookstores capture headlines in 2013

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(Read caption) Tammy Heupels (l.) sits with her son Johann (center) and Bank Square Books owner Annie Philbrick (r.) in the reading area of the store in Mystic, Conn.

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Is 2013 the year of the indie bookstore?

A popular piece by the Washington Post has revived talk about the resurgence of the independent bookstore.

That piece, “Independent bookstores turn a new page on brick-and-mortar retailing,” follows the surprising success of an indie bookstore in Frederick, Md., and outlines the reasons behind the comeback of the indies.

By now, we’ve all heard the story: Due to the dominance of the one national chain left; the vast selection, influence, and undercutting prowess of online “bully” Amazon; and the booming popularity of the supposedly print-killing e-book, independent bookstores were to go the way of the tablet (stone, not electronic, that is). 

But, as Monitor correspondent Yvonne Zipp wrote in a March 2013 cover story, “A funny thing happened on the way to the funeral.” 

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