The Guardian named This Ain't the Rosedale Library
in Toronto one of the best bookstores in the world. When my first novel came out, they were so insanely good to me. They hand sold my book to everyone who came into that place. They must have sold 500 copies, which is unheard of for a single bookstore, especially for a practically self-published book. And now they're in serious financial trouble.
And it's a shame, and a travesty and an outrage, and I think I bought maybe three books there over the last year. I buy books every week. But Amazon is cheaper, and has a much broader selection. Chapters/Indigo sells their hardcovers for 30% off. These are huge companies and they can afford to cut prices like that. It's terrible, and it is exactly why I shop at those places. When a great bookstore like This Ain't the Rosedale Library goes down, everybody notices, and everybody complains, and I wish that some of us had shopped there instead.