SF has 2d most bookstores per capita

Courtesy the Publisher’s Lunch newsletter: San Francisco ranks second to Seattle in the number of bookstores per capita, according to the annual literacy survey from Central Connecticut State Univ.

However, in “overall” literacy — when you figure in educational attainment, internet and library resources, newspaper circulation, and periodical publications — SF ranks 7th, between St. Louis (!) and Atlanta (!).

Speaking of bookstores, the latest issue of n plus 1 has a piece about the death of Cody’s on Telegraph in Berkeley.

And driving along Cortland this morning, I noticed that Red Hill Books opens at 9:00 a.m. Isn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions to stop that impulse buying on Amazon.com and buy more locally? You know it’s good for you.

5 Comments so far

  1. Chester (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

    It should probably be noted that the study only included cities with populations of 250,000+.

    I’m sure it’s not the only one, but Berkeley is a small city (large town?) that ought to trump its larger neighbors, both in terms of bookstores per capita as well as "overall" literacy.

    It’s also a city in which smaller, independent, local, and niche booksellers seem to thrive…or at least stay in business.

    Berkeley has more bookstores than Starbucks.


  2. Nancy (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    I was recently in Seattle, staying downtown, and did note that there seemed to be a small, independant bookstore every few blocks. I made it into several (including a cool one specializing in maps) and had I not had luggage restrictions, would have definately dropped some dough.
    Ah, flashbacks to my days walking home through Powells City of Books!

    browsing through a bookstore – particularly a funky, cluttered one, where you have to move small stacks to get to what’s behind – is akin to my love of looking up words in a real dictionary – you find so much more when you bump into it looking for what you thought you wanted in the first place. Even with amazon’s ‘if you like this…’ engine, it’s just not the same.

    viva la dusty corner bookstore!


  3. Richard (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 9:19 am

    Nancy, I’m heading to Seattle this weekend, you wouldn’t happen to remember the name of the maps bookstore would you? Thanks in advance.


  4. Usually Named (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    We may have a lot of bookstores, but they certainly don’t stock enough basic economics texts that our policy makers and progressives really need to read.


  5. Nancy (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    Metzgers Maps, near Pikes Place Market. Just around the corner from subversive Left Bank Books, which has prints from one of my favorite regional artists, Nikki McClure.



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