With the news that four independent book sellers in Minnesota will be closing their doors at the end of the year I am reminded why bookstores are relevant to preserving the best way to read; the book.  There is no substitute for the ambiance of a bookstore.  Please take the time to go to a bookstore near you and yes, even Barnes and Noble is struggling and support them with a purchase.  The owners of bookstores are passionate in what they do and is there any substitute for the personal touch and conversation?  Books are timeless, comforting and necessary to a cultured, educated society.  LA Carlson