Independent Bookstores

When I was growing up there were two locally-owned, independent bookstores in the immediate area.  About 10 years ago both closed and we gained a few new Barnes and Noble stores and  a Borders.  Today, there are no independent book stores in my area.  I hate this!  Instead, I am forced to buy from big-box stores when I need a book quickly.  It is also hard to form a relationship with a bookseller at a big bookstore, in my experience.  I read around the blogosphere about bloggers who form great relationships with their local booksellers and I wish I could do that!

Am I the only one who is seriously lacking in small, hometown bookstore department over here?  If you don’t have an independent bookseller in your area, what do you do?  Do you shop online?  At Barnes and Noble?  I am really interested in how others deal with this.

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