Bookstores are suffering because, well... people are suffering. Moonrat over at the awesomely informative, profound, and humorous "Editorial Ass" blog said it best.
You can help save bookstores, publishers, editors, agents, authors, and wanna-be authors (read: yours truly) by doing the following: buy one book.
Please keep this in mind when you're out shopping for Christmas presents this year! I always enjoy giving kids timeless children's books I loved as a kid - pretty much anything by Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, Judy Blume, and E.B. White! Oh, and who can forget If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?
Save the book world!