The more things change, the more things stay the same--an indie bookseller in 1912 laments the arrvial of the big department store

Back in the early 20th century, a big department store arrived in Providence, RI--here's one small bookseller's lament about what it did to his business!  The department store was truly mean--ostensibly offering a costly book for a rock bottom price, and "It was the beginning of my financial ruin...."

There's also a dig at Harper & Brothers-- who "then published far above the "tone" of the literature published by somebody now under the same name...."

The author is Sidney Rider; the original, from his "Book Notes," Vol. 29, page 2, can be read in its entirety here at Google Books.

1 comment:

  1. XD It's so true. And the dig at Harper & Brothers is the best part, I think.


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