There are 1702 independent bookstores left in the US.
There are over 1800 comic book stores left in the US.
There are over 850 Barnes & Noble stores and 462 Borders (700 Waldenbooks and Borders Express). I don't know if the B&N numbers include their university bookstores or B.Dalton. These are wikipedia numbers so who knows.
Over 172,000 books were published in the US last year. That's at least 471 books coming out every day.
There are 3 bookstores on our street (Breathe Books, Salamander Books and us), and 2 other stores that carry books and have readings and author signings (Hometown Girl, Minas) and other stores that carry some books (In Watermelon Sugar, various antique stores).
The average American reads one book a year.
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That last post I did? It was post number 666.