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End of chapter for Kepler's bookstore

Original post made on Jan 10, 2012

Clark Kepler, current leader of the 56-year-old Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park, doesn't look like someone ready to retire to a life of leisure.

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Posted by ECR
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

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Posted by Srini
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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... That's why we are so polarized. All Peter and I and others would ask of an open minded retailer would be to offer all points of view on all subjects, not just politics. Maybe Mr. Kepler would have enjoyed just that much more success to have allowed him to do more than break even. Now, I'm sure you, or somebody who thinks like you do, will chime in here about the credibiliity and viability of anybody who dares to profess something different from your narrow mind, but that will only serve to prove my point. So please go at it. But don't lose sight of the fact that the more successful book sellers have a broader client base. Whether it is to listen to various points of view, or just use opposing ideas as fodder for their own drivel, at least they are made available. Also, giving Jane Fonda a forum for anything, without doing the same for one of your favorite targets like, say, Anne Coulter, doesn't help, either.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I stopped shopping at Keplers years ago when the staff became so sure of their intellectual superiority and looked down their noses at my purchases. And special ordering was an ordeal. Amazon was fast, cheaper and non critical. Easy choice. Revamp the attitude of the store, welcome all customers and stop being so snotty about other people's reading choices. No more charging $10 to attend a book reading. And give the readers flopped all over the floor a specific place to read instead of allowing them to be tripping hazards all over the store. Then maybe more of us will return and enjoy looking through the books.

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Posted by ECR
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

"You epitomize the left wing attitude that no other viewpoint is worthy of publication and distribution"

Really? Keplers carried the conservative authors, just above "anon" talked of making those purchases.

I didn't say anything about no other viewpoint being worthy, I merely reflected that Peter's opinion of "far left viewpoints" are in fact the norm for the area. We are a community of smart, thoughtful, well educated neighbors with great values.

That's why we're Left.

And it drives the narrow minded folks crazy!!

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Posted by GOPslayer
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

We got ourselves a pack of republi-trolls here. I tell ya, the communtiy's glad your anti-social, scrooge like personalities are not causing other's reading experience to be disrupted.

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Posted by Srini
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Srini is a registered user.

Thanks GOPslayer. Your mindless, unfounded reponse further endorses my perspective of your ilk: differences of opinion have no place on what you percieve to be your turf. Pathetic. Fortunately, the liberals who I call friends, of which there are many, don't resort to name calling. They simply offer intelligent debate, and we agree to disagree. You are obviously not capable of that.

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a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jan 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

Kepler's is an institution as important to the communities that its serves as the Almanac. I've spent hours in its stacks looking for the right novel or reference or travel book. Sure, I occasionally order from Amazon especially if sending a gift, but I wouldn't want Big Brother Amazon to be my only choice of reading material. The knowledgeable staff at Kepler's has helped me find out of print books, and even recommended Amazon when they couldn't deliver. They are knowledgeable in every department and wonderful in the children's section. The authors brought to town for lectures and the local authors featured at the store are another way in which this book store has enriched our reading lives. I am sad to see Clark Kepler retire, but encouraged to hear that experienced people will help the store thrive. The staff is great, please keep as many as possible.

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