Larado Texas has a big claim. It will soon be the largest city in America without a bookstore.
Hurrah for illiteracy! With a population of nearly a quarter of a million people, Laredo’s last holdout for literary culture is a B. Dalton’s which is planned to close next month.
Get this: once B. Dalton’s closes the nearest bookstore will be 150 miles away in San Antonio. Holy f*ck! It’s so pathetic that schoolchildren even started a writing campaign to B. Dalton’s parent company (Barnes & Noble) to remain open. (But the city does boast an awesome go-cart track.)
The closure is a clear a sign of the dumbing down of America and the slow Bataan Death March of print. Just in 2009 alone, 383 magazines folded within the first nine months of this year.
So as 2009 comes to a close here’s a close here’s a shout-out to some of our dead homies in the print industry that fell by the wayside as sad victims of the publishing crash:
Grab your 40 ounces and give a shout-out to the top magazines who died in 2009:
- Country Home – 1,200,000 circulation
- Domino – 1,100,000
- Nick (Nickelodeon) Magazine – 1,000,000
- Gourmet – 977,000
- Hallmark Magazine – 750,000
- Travel & Leisure Golf – 650,000
- Time Style & Design – 550,000
- (tie) Cookie – 500,000
- (tie) Best Life – 500,000
- Condé Nast Portfolio – 450,000
To all our dead print homies–we salute you!
What are your thoughts about the death of print media? Will you miss magazines and newspapers? Let us know!