WEHOville - West Hollywood’s Book Soup has joined a campaign by the American Booksellers Association to call attention to the risks faced today by independent book stores — citing both COVID-19 and Amazon as the major threats.

“When these independent bookstores close Covid will be listed as the cause of death, but the pre-existing condition for many may be listed as Amazon,” says an announcement of the “Boxed Out” campaign. “The brown boxes that have become ubiquitous in building lobbies and on porches are ‘boxing out’ bookstores and other small businesses all across the country, resulting in the loss of local jobs, local sales tax, community, and support.”