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Another Westside bookstore closing: Cook's Library

March 18, 2009 |  5:16 pm


After 20 years of selling cookbooks to epicures in Los Angeles, the Cook's Library bookstore will close April 30. "I am extraordinarily proud of what I've done," owner Ellen Rose told Jacket Copy. "I wish I could be open for another 20 years."

Despite being located on the bustling stretch of 3rd Street east of La Cienega Boulevard, she is convinced the bookstore lost business to online bookseller Amazon. She and her staff might spend 30 minutes with a customer, she says, only to have them write down the recommendations and leave — to buy the books over the Internet, she thinks. "Bookstores are suffering," she said. "It's pretty discouraging." And with the current economic climate, the bookstore faced insurmountable challenges.

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—Carolyn Kellogg