Independent book stores across the country have been dying a long, slow death for the past two decades. But many independent owners hold out hope that innovative new business models will help them compete against online stores and mega-chain booksellers. We explore what smaller stores are doing to survive and how they can win back customers in a hostile environment.


  • Alex Beckstead Producer/Director, "Paperback Dreams: The Life and Times of the Independent Bookstore"
  • Bridget Warren Co-owner of Vertigo Books (College Park, MD)
  • Todd Stewart Co-owner of Vertigo Books (College Park, MD)

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