Porter Square Books Is Up For Sale
An email from the bookstore assures fans there's a search for a responsible new owner.
Porter Square Books, a popular bookstore for Somerville bookworms, though it's technically in Cambridge by a few hundred feet, is up for sale, according to an email from the store.
The email, sent to customers in the store's membership program, says, "The 'rumor' you may have heard is true. Porter Square Books is for sale."
Before you rip your hair out and start attacking people with Kindles, know that the current owners of the bookstore "have turned to the public arena to find just the right next owner of the store who will nurture and protect the spirit, culture, enthusiasm and dependability that is Porter Square Books," the email says.
It says the current owners have "allowed a significant timeframe" for conducting the search and "when the transition does occur, it is our hope and intention that you will not notice a ripple in the everyday operation of business."
The email notes that while there has been significant turmoil in the book industry over the past decade, independent bookstores—many of them, at least—are doing well, and Porter Square Books is "healthier than ever."