Why we are here…
Over time, huge changes affecting publishing and the book business have altered how book selling works. But one aspect vital to Book Culture that remains the same is there is not enough diversity in the representation of books and ideas. This is especially true of scholarly books, academic disciplines and all the subtle and rare variety of published thought and expression that exists.
At Big 8 Reader, we know that reading enriches lives, families, and communities. To us, books and publishing are cultural treasures to be kept in trust by those that recognize the value that they hold. To ensure a vibrant and diverse future for books and publishing, a multitude of independent bookstores – each selecting titles based on their own tastes and interests, and those of their local customers, is essential.
We want to start turning the tide right here in our own community, on a current trend that sees independent bookstores – and the power of choice that comes along with them – disappearing at an alarming rate. As New Yorkers, we want to do our part to make sure that our city’s rich history and reputation for being home to writers, publishing houses, editors, and bookstores, remains intact – as does our city’s position as the literary capital of the world.
We are here to offer book shops where you can browse and discover the widest range of publications in the arts and humanities that realistically be carried and we have created spaces for extensive representation of new books in areas you will not see elsewhere. We fulfill the essential role of being an independent source for ideas and literary art. A visit to one of our stores will energize your mind and remind you of the awesome scope of positive human intellectual and literary endeavor.