In the world of ebooks and Amazon, this CT bookstore is still succeeding

How do you feel reading has been affected by the rise of ebooks and online retailers?

In the midst of a drastically-changing environment, The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut is thriving selling used books. This may come as a surprise to many people who perceive that modern technology is changing book culture for the worse. Mieum Media talked with owner Randi White to hear what he had to say about books, reading, and running an independent bookstore in the information age.


Extended Interview with Randi White:


Citations:

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#15: Outro Song: “Fill Me In” by Atwaters featuring Yeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0iKqFMoxo Used with artist’s consent. The contents and views of this video may not necessarily be shared with the artist.