Liam Newquist - San Francisco, CA (2 books)
A Clean Well Lighted Place - Ernest Hemingway Audio Book
Neal Sofman, founder and co-owner of A Clean-Well Lighted Place for Books, announced last week that he and his partners were closing the bookstore as soon as inventory was sold off, as reported by the San Francisco Business Times. Tucker, an ABA board member, noted that -- after being contacted by A Clean Well-Lighted Place's landlord -- he decided to open the new store because, in a city where occupancy costs are often prohibitive, "the landlord was offering a decent lease," and, at about 5, square feet, "it's larger than [Books Inc.
A Clean Well-Lighted Place For Books
But in recent years, lack of pedestrian traffic on Van Ness Avenue added an extra burden to the challenges facing independent bookshops: competition from chain stores and online retailers, and changing consumer habits. After an unsuccessful search for a buyer this spring, owner Neal Sofman decided the best way to move on was to discount his inventory and clear out the store. The shop will close for good tonight at 7 p. Now, it is a much more corporate phenomenon. Another, in Larkspur, opened in Karen Keith, who has been on the bookselling staff for 13 years, remembers the first day she walked in.
There are just not enough book stores left in the world like City Lights Booksellers. If you are a fan of hardbound, then CLB is a do not miss attraction. If you're a book lover, plan on spending a long time on your visit here. In addition to the history of this fine establishment the birth of the Beat poets, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti , City Lights has a huge selection of books on every subject, from fiction to children's to sci-fi. Not your ordinary book store. Excellent, unusual selections here. This iconic location can be experienced in about 5 minutes in my opinion.
One of my favorite San Francisco indie bookstores is in trouble. Owner Neal Sofman cites declining sales and lousy foot traffic. This also explains why Sofman withdrew the highly lucrative domian name bookstore. All rights reserved. I have always thought that was in kind of a weird location, though. It seems like he could do better in a different neighborhood.
For five decades, Kepler's, which began as a paperback shop on El Camino Real, the road that runs through the heart of Silicon Valley, has served as not only a bookshop but also a hub for a vibrant counterculture that peaked in the 's and 70's. In "Searching for the Sound: My Life With the Grateful Dead" Little, Brown, , the bass guitarist Phil Lesh writes about how the original bookstore, which in the early 60's also had a small seating area for selling coffee and baklava, was a meeting place and rehearsal hall for the musicians before they became a band.
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