But when I happened to pass by National Bookstore (NBS) in Greenbelt 1 last Monday and saw all of the Book Blowout for as low as P100, P200, P300 signs, my heart simply sank. Bookstores–especially National Bookstore–has always been a part of my life. They were the primary source of my school supplies and books before specialty stores like PowerBooks and FullyBooked emerged to give them a run for their money.
In the ensuing years–and likely as a means to remain viable–National Bookstore (along with their competitors) have either downsized or simply shifted a majority of their inventory to art supplies as well as other types of merchandise.
I wasn’t planning on writing about this today but I just got word earlier this evening that Comic Odyssey in Alabang Town Center will be moving from the 4th to the 2nd floor of Fully Booked Alabang by Thursday (February 8, 2017).
My sources tell me that the 3rd and 4th floors are to be rented out to the real estate group Alveo Land. Real estate and books: What an odd and soon to be familiar combination considering that the only way to access the third and fourth floors of the premises are through the escalator and elevator located on the ground floor.
This development would mean that the modest book selection of Fully Booked will become even smaller as the merchandise from the 3rd and 4th floor will now merge with the 1st and second floor. Comic Odyssey is set to have a nice slice of the 2nd floor, but I am sure that given their space constraints, they would have to be conservative with their comic titles as well.
It’s news like this that breaks my heart on so many levels. Doesn’t anyone read anymore? Don’t they realize that by not patronizing our local book and comic books shops that we–the consumers–would ultimately lose out in the end. If the stores don’t make anything, they will be forced to close their doors while consumers would lose out on that chance, that opportunity, to have a very personal and intimate experience that only a book can give.