A new bookstore is opening in Jamaica Plain today, determined to survive — even thrive — at a time when e-books and Amazon are pushing independent booksellers ever closer to extinction.
Papercuts, JP, at 5 Green St., has been a dream of Kate Layte, who’s lived in the neighborhood for nearly five years, and yearned for a place where people could lose themselves in an eclectic collection of books.
“There’s no dedicated bookstore here,” the 28-year-old Layte said yesterday. “And I’m going to try my hardest to fill that void.”
While she was an associate production editor at Little, Brown and Co., she took online classes in accounting and marketing, and the retired professionals at Boston SCORE helped her develop a business plan.
Then she found a 500-square-foot storefront off Centre Street that seemed like a perfect, albeit small, home for her hand-selected collection — books such as “Bark” by Lorrie Moore, “When Women Were Birds” by Terry Tempest Williams and “I’m a Flame You Can’t Put Out,” a selection of poems in English and Spanish by fifth-graders at the Rafael Hernandez School in Roxbury.
Layte also hopes Papercuts, JP, will become a gathering place for book readings and live music. But can she compete with a behemoth like Amazon?
“I think people realize when a small business is owned locally the money it makes is reinvested back into the community, as opposed to a giant company, which may not pay its workers well,” she said.