Remember all of those doomsday stories about how Borders and Barnes & Noble would put an end to the independent bookstore? And then how Amazon and eReaders would finish the job once it became clear that the megabookstores had failed to fully deliver on their promise in the early 21st century? It turns out that the prophesy was false. According to a recent article in Slate, the rate of book sales over the last three years in independent bookstores is higher than book sales rates on eReaders, Amazon and in chain bookstores, and the number of independent bookstores in the U.S. has risen by 20% since 2009. Why? Largely because independent stores can direct their focus to offering the things that Amazon, megastores and eReaders cannot offer: expertise, atmosphere, and tangible, real books. Check out the Slate article HERE and be encouraged, readers!