Open for Business! Apostle Islands Booksellers, Bayfield, Wisconsin
Apostle Islands Booksellers is now open!
Our due diligence into the locally-owned, independent bookstore business revealed the following:
- Generally, book readership is down;
- Big Box stores can stock more books and sell them for less;
- Your behemoth on-line retailer stock almost everything and send it out for almost nothing;
- E-Readership is growing;
- The economy lingers in the doldrums.
In the face of those five strikes against us, today we opened the Apostle Islands Booksellers in the heart of historic downtown Bayfield, Wisconsin. The sun is shining, there is a light breeze, the quiet rumble of the Madeline Island Ferry softens the silence, and the islands stretch out into the horizon.
Our shelves are stocked with a heavy emphasis toward the Apostle Islands, the Chequamegon Region, Lake Superior, the Great Lakes, Ojibwe Country and the Northwoods. We also carry a substantial stock of general titles – both fiction and non-fiction – geared to the interests of our friends and neighbors in Bayfield, Washburn and Ashland and to the many visitors who journey to this special place throughout the year. We have daily and weekly periodicals ranging from the Bayfield County Journal to the New York Times as well as a variety of gifts, games, puzzles, maps, charts and other accessories.
So, back to those five strikes. A wag once said that the second book to come off of the Gutenberg printing press was a book on the demise of the book business! We worry about the choice of product title for the Kindle. We all know what kindling is for – to start fires! Was it a not-so-subtle challenge to the existence of the book itself? Ray Bradbury anticipated that with Fahrenheit 451 in 1953. We remember how the readers in his story responded!
And so we respond in kind and against all odds our doors open today and welcome readers of all ages, interests and tastes. We believe that books are here to stay!