Oren Teicher, the father of political science major Jess Teicher '04, was quoted in the story titled “Deep Roots Guarantee a Bookseller's Independence” from the Nov. 19 New York Times. The story featured Books & Books, a bookstore owned and run by Mitchell Kaplan. Kaplan quit law school to open the store, and is now board chairman and a co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International and the vice president of the American Booksellers Association. Books & Books has been in business 20 years despite the opening of a Barnes & Noble less than two blocks away.
Oren Teicher is the chief operating officer of the American Booksellers Association, a national trade group based in Tarrytown, N.Y., that represents independent stores. According to the article, Books & Books is one of the few stores in the country that have succeeded in showing that individuality, personality and a passion for books can go a long way in competing against retail giants, said Teicher. The dwindling numbers of independent bookstores could not be attributed solely to the proliferation of mega-bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Border's, Mr. Teicher added. Other factors like the selling of books on the Internet as well as in discount stores like Wal-Mart and fancy cook shops like Williams-Sonoma have also played a role.