Two More Bookstores Beloved by Travelers to Close

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  02.18.08 | 12:27 PM ET

Candida’s World of Books, Washington D.C.‘s only travel bookstore, opened to the public for the last time this past weekend, and the Reading Room, the only literary bookstore on the Las Vegas Strip, announced it will be closing as soon as March.

The Washington Post’s Travel Log covers Candida’s demise. The Los Angeles Times’ Movable Buffet has details on the latter.

3 Comments for Two More Bookstores Beloved by Travelers to Close

John M. Edwards 02.18.08 | 3:19 PM ET

Hi Mike:

Whenever I walk into a regular bookstore I feel like I’m cheating on my online cronies.

Wheeling my Amazon cart down the corridors under the harsh fluorescents, I give pause, a cold sweat breaking on my brow, and shed a tear, like a Navajo Indian standing upon a nuclear dumping ground. I’m quite surprised what’s in there.

Like a myopic Pepsi-bottle-lensed Burgess Meredith from “The Twilight Zone,” I stack up all the books I’m going to read into the far future, before my contact pops out. I rage against the machine in my own way. I give up. We all work for The Man. I just don’t have time to read all the garden-variety trash on the display tables.

Still, bookstore after bookstore shut their mouths, like a band of cocaine smugglers stuck in Lovecraft’s “Shuttered Room.” Obviously online book-shopping, and that new gizmo that downloads books on a portable Etch-A-Sketch screen, is making modern book publishing an artform akin to antiquing on New Orleans’ Magazine Street.

Without the local “used,” I feel as ignorant and unliterary as a White Devil, shoed in Rockports, stumbling into a dim sum parlor lunch with out-of-town, dumb cluck hayseed acquaintances.

TambourineMan 02.18.08 | 4:22 PM ET

Best Vegas bookstore EVER:

Climent 05.12.08 | 10:50 AM ET

It’s really sad to note that two bookstores have been closed. Travelers who is fond in reading would be affected most.

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