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NOTEBOOK: ONE GOOD READ Life after journalism? It may be an indie bookstore


Many Business Record readers that I have spoken with at recent Business Publications events are aware that I’m retiring from journalism — and that I aspire to become an independent bookstore owner after my wife and I move to Cedar Falls later this month. It would be fun to claim the entrepreneurial nudge came from a mysterious voice in a cornfield whispering, “Build it and (book-loving customers) will come.” In reality, though, it’s due in part to the great experiences I have had as an avid reader making numerous visits to Walls of Books, a welcoming bookstore now in its fourth year of operation in Ankeny. I recently reached out to the owner to learn more about the business, and his warm assistance is part of the overwhelming enthusiasm and encouragement I have received to pursue this venture. In that spirit, on my last day today at the Business Record, I want to share this good read — some “surprising good news” from the New York Times about how independent bookstores are booming and becoming more diverse. I hope within the next year to join the trend. Read on!

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