Why bricks-and-mortar independent bookstores matter
Annie Diamond works at Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood on April 10, 2020. - Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

In 2021, the pandemic-riddled Age of Online Shopping, with an Amazon delivery truck creeping down every street, lane and avenue in America, why do we need independent bookstores? If price and speed are all that matter, Amazon is the most efficient way to get books. Though the websites of independent stores, such as the Seminary Co-op and 57th Street Books in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, are good, they cannot compete with a cutting-edge website and app funded by a billion-dollar corporation. Amazon maximizes this advantage by using books as a loss leader — losing money on their sales so th...