BLOG: Goodbye to a bookstore

Tom Jackson
Nov 12, 2010


When I married a Cleveland girl and moved to northern Ohio in 2003, I couldn't find a newspaper job at first. (Yes, I know it's hard to believe the local papers didn't clamor for my services, but it's true.) 

So instead, I did something I'd always wanted to try -- I took a job working at a bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, in the Legacy Village shopping center in suburban east Cleveland. The pay and the hours weren't very good, but I loved being around books. (I got to take charge of a bookshelf in the history section.)

Today's Plain Dealer brings the news that the bookstore is shutting down, another casualty of the business slowdown and competition from the Internet.

I hope we get to keep our Borders bookstore at Sandusky Mall. I've made a point of shopping there.




I'd like to see a Barnes & Noble in downtown Sandusky, a big one.

It would definitely drawn visitor to downtown Sandusky.

A Barnes & Noble store is a destination trip.


Raoul Duke

I still miss having a used bookstore here in Sandusky...


One day, in the not so distant future , we as a society, are going to be so sorry for  having gone  "High tech".     It's making us more lazy  by the day. 

6079 Smith W


Brick and mortar bookstores are D-E-A-D. They're going the way of the record store.

Shoppers go in, find a book and then go home and buy it on new or used for less.

Also yrs. ago, I read a stat: 100% of books are bought by 20% of the population. Few people read and with the continuous dumbing down of the population, that amount is most likely increasing.


@ Mr. Jackson:

Ya oughta take your bride back to OK. Relative to your adopted state, it's booming economically.



Alas, yes brick and morter bookstores are on the way. Everything is going digital. As for B&N it is scaling back as well. Even the big flagship store on 5th ave in NYC has downsized. I am forced to buy some of the book I want in Kindle form because they aren't available in print anymore.

Julie R.

I hope Borders never goes out of business, too. They have more business than all the other stores at the Mall put together!


re: When I married a Cleveland girl.

Over here on the Rock, they are called "216ers"



kimo you don't belong on the rock.


Other B&N or Books-A-Million stores are a huge draw.  They have coffee shops and offer food right in the store.  It can be an all day event for those who love to read.  Including liberal freeloaders.  Ha! Ha!  Many of you are correct.  The internet is pushing these stores out of business.  Why?  Because I can find the books I want to purchase at one of these stores, browse through them to see if it is worth the purchase.  I then go on line and get an "autographed copy" of the book.  If you purchase several books, you get free shipping right to your door.  If you enjoy reading, (not just looking at the pictures) you will enjoy a long visit to a large quality book store.  The expresso and cappiccino are very expensive at these "chain" stores, but it is a great way to nurture and refine your literary intellect.     

As l Liberal, I find it more rewarding, if I go to a brick and mortar, find what I want, make the purchase, and support area business and jobs. I consider anyone that would go into a brick and mortar, use the facility to “find out if it is worth the purchase” and go home to purchase the product on the internet a “Freeloader”. Just my humble opinion. ;-(

Those of us that know you think so anyway.  transplant poser.

6079 Smith W

@ Kimo:

Glad to read that being a “freeloader” on the public dole and spreading around other people’s money in order to help local area businesses and govt. is really rewarding for a “liberal” like you.

What about all those “freeloaders” who just go into B&N, spend time reading for free and never buy anything?

Buying at doesn’t help employ workers at Amazon, UPS or the USPS as well as national small book and music sellers?

Your thinking is myopic as usual.

re:Katalac History


Member for 13 hours 51 min


New screen name to attack me?

If you know who I am, and have a personal problem with me, give me a call, I'm in the book.


brutus smith

 One of winnie's many screen names. Pathetic!


It is really sad to see the book stores and libraries going under. Some of my happiest memories as a youngster are of being allowed to go to the library, and when older going to the book store to buy a book or books.

It seems that reading has become a "lost art". A lot of people "listen" to a book rather than read it.  Do kids now-a-days even know how to sit down and enjoy a "good" book?

I somehow don't think it's a good idea to let technology take over every aspect of our lives.

6079 Smith W

brutus smith writes:

"No need to call names and insult.” (brutus smith, Nov. 8, 2010)    

Kottage Kat

I have read 3-5 books a week, while not always able to shop at Border"s I do often. I choose not to purchase on line, like the interaction the store provides, and have gotten some good book reviews there. Because I read so much and hate to part with books, I have been using the used book exchange in Norwalk, got 12 books, with my credit from taking books in, for $ 2.80. recycling book is an excellent $ saver. People have wondered why I do not get one of the electronic readers, just sitting down and holding a book is part of the charm of being a reader. Turning the pages, and savoring the quiet moments with the printed word.

I know that someday I will be forced to join the electronic age, I am going to fight it as long as I can.