Published on www.eastbayexpress.com.
Over the past three decades, independent bookstores have faced a series of competitive threats. First, came the rise of chain bookstores, followed by the explosive growth of online giant Amazon.com. But when chain bookstore Borders filed for bankruptcy a year ago, independent booksellers in the Bay Area did not sigh with relief, nor did they toast to the new found power and glory of the indie. That’s because there’s a new threat in town: e-books.