One more for mediocrity

Today Reprint Bookshop, the best bookstore in DC, is going out of business. Reprint was the oldest, independent bookstore in Washington DC, residing first in Foggy Bottom and then moving to L’Enfant Plaza in the 80’s. Reprint was known for their very knowledgeable staff (of which I was a member for 2 years) and for strongly supporting independent and self publishers for decades. Reprint also played a key part in supporting the African American fiction explosion of the 90’s by giving a home to several of that movement’s biggest authors back when they were unkown and being ignored by the chain store circuit and New York publishers.

Today is a sad day for DC book buyers. RIP Reprint Bookshop.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jenn L (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    Do you know why they’re closing?

  2. darpino (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    No business. It has been touch and go since 1999 when the chain stores really upped the cut-throat mass-buying price-slashing tactics. A crunch the Olsson family have been feeling too. Plus many lifetime customers retired over the last 5 years which created a customer vaccuum that nobody seemed willing to fill.

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