Kona the bookstore cat at Bound to Be Read in East Atlanta Village Books.
Kona the bookstore cat at Bound to Be Read in East Atlanta Village Books.

The number of independent bookstores in Atlanta continues to dwindle as Bound to Be Read Books in East Atlanta Village announced its closure in an email to customers and supporters yesterday.

Owner Jeff McCord has been trying to sell the store since 2013 and said a group of literature lovers had banded together last year to try and purchase the store, but were not able to get financing in order.

Beginning April 16, everything in the store will be marked down for sale, including fixtures and equipment.

“We’re going out at our peak, and right now we have our best inventory ever of used, new and discount books. Everything must be sold and the doors will close forever in a few short weeks,” McCord said in his letter to customers.

Bound the Be Read opened 10 years and has since played host to hundreds of signings, book club meetings, poetry readings, fundraisers and had become a destination for book lovers from around the city.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.