Worcester Living: While adapting to new reality, three independent bookstores strive to make Worcester a ‘literary hub’ – News – telegram.com

Stepping into a bookstore means possibility: shelves full of brightly colored titles; the sharp, clean smell of books. There might be armchairs for reading, or the scent of brewed coffee in the air. No matter the decor or the locale, an afternoon of browsing offers worlds to explore or to revisit.

In the past decades, the advent of the internet and online book buying has challenged independent bookstores, driving many to close and others to barely hang on. Indeed, even the big chains have been affected, driven into bankruptcy. Many communities have been left without a bookstore at all.

That’s no longer the case in Worcester.

In the past two years, the city has been lucky enough to welcome not just one but three new independent bookstores, all owned by couples committed to the city and to the life of books. Every store has a unique ambiance and approach, and

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