I noticed a couple of days ago that the Friends of Independent Bookstores blog was down. All I get is a big blank error page whenever I visit. I was hoping it was just technical trouble. But it seems Larry Portzline has pulled the plug on his project to travel/support/raise awareness of the value of independent bookstores. For more than five years…
Portzline has been pushing for a national surge in independent bookstore recognition. He’s been at trade shows, been in newspapers and all over the internet. But it seems that he’s thrown in the towel. From what I gather from here and here, no one was willing to put their money where their mouth was. Which is a shame, but kinda to be expected.
I mean we are dealing with independent bookstore owners from all over the country. I can’t imagine getting any kind of a collective commitment from the group. That has to be a tough thing to do.
But Larry was doing it. And I guess he took it as far as he could. It’s a shame that the support wasn’t there when it was time to act. Maybe someone will pick up where he left off. Or better yet, maybe Portzline will take some much needed time to recharge and pick it back up himself.