The iconic & historic Independent Bookstore — Kepler’s of Menlo Park, CA — announced a prototype model for independent bookstores that would create next-generation community literary venues. This is welcoming and timely news for the 25% of independent bookstores who are left surviving in the US. The project aims to create an innovative hybrid business model that includes a for-profit, community-owned-and-operated bookstore and a non-profit organization that will feature on-stage author interviews, lectures by leading intellectuals, educational workshops and other literary and cultural events. This unique legal, business and financial structure will be available, open-source, to Independent Bookstores across the country.
Accompanying the press release on January 31st is the video that I produced, filmed and edited on Kepler’s 2020:
Produced, Filmed & Edited by Naomi Ture. For more information on how to participate in the Kepler’s 2020 Movement, go to: www.keplers2020.com