Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In Defense of Independents

Jacob Bricca directed a documentary about the fight for the survival of the independent bookstore. Indies Under Fire: The Battle for the American Bookstore is the result of six years of research and filming, and is the first documentary to look in depth at the issues surrounding the growth of "super-chain" bookstores. Click here for the NPR article and interview with Jacob Bricca about Indies Under Fire. Also featured in the podcast are Connecticut booksellers, Stu Hecht, owner of The Book Vault in Wallingford, Ct; Cliff Simms, owner of Labyrinth Books in New Haven, CT; and Sarah Bedell, owner of Bookworm in West Hartford Center, Connecticut. The in depth coverage of the topic is not only relevant to bookstores, but to all small businesses. Click here to view the trailer of the documentary.