Merritt Books in Red Hook, NY recently closed up shop. It was one of the book shops owned by Scott Meyer, who recently closed another Merritt location in Cold Spring, NY. I saw the shop in Red Hook about a month ago and thought I'd stop in to pay homage to this soon-to-be-closed bookshop, and document its passing for our readership and the biblio-curious world.
Interestingly, there are other bookshops, which aren't doing so badly in the area. This shop in Red Hook apparently didn't have the foot traffic needed to sustain it. Along with the increasing demands of online or e-text material, especially in the educational fields, which this shop catered to, physical texts weren't making the cut.
On the other side of the spectrum, and not far from Red Hook, in the town of Rhinebeck, there is a book shop called Oblong, which is apparently doing well, in part for its promotion of e-reading and e-books. We'll have to keep our eye on this one. But I hope that those remaining bookshops of the world can sustain themselves amid the difficulties of the market.