Cumberland Books is shutting down

UPDATE: Oops, for some reason a bunch of prices in the bookstore did not get lowered. I’ve since fixed the problem. If you noticed something whose price was not lowered (i.e. was above $5) you might want to check again. Sorry for the confusion.

The bookstore business is dying, and so we’ve decided to shut down Cumberland Books. Thanks to all of you who have bought books from us over the past ten years! It’s been a pleasure working with you.

With the exception of a few titles which still sell (the Foxfire and Ralph Moody books) we have lowered the prices of our remaining inventory to $5 or less. Stock levels are low, and when they’re gone they’re gone. Please stop by and see if what we have left might interest you.

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6 thoughts on “Cumberland Books is shutting down

  1. Thanks for the sale prices! I really appreciate it. I had been thinking about getting Adam of the Road for my son for his birthday, so I went ahead and wrote it and I’ll store it away until time…

  2. Thankful for the opportunity to inexpensively add to our homeschool resources, but sorry to lose a worthwhile source for excellent literature! May God continue to bless your endeavors.

  3. I’m sorry the bookstore business hasn’t been self-supporting. It was the way I initially found your site. It’s awfully tempting to order one of everything, but given our recent move, they’d cost more to ship than to buy.

    I really liked the violinist article, BTW. True that it’s possible to hide in a bubble world. There does remain, in some places, an audience that can discern the best playing. But does that make a career? I doubt it. It’s just helpful to have a supportive and sharpening atmosphere in which to train, while remembering that the specialized world of the top flight conservatory is not the end all, be all.

  4. Angela,

    Sorry there wasn’t a better way to get the word out. Most of our stock was gone in just 24 hours. We did two record shipments at the Post Office yesterday and today, but I think we are mostly done now.

    Laura,

    I always knew we were benefiting from a historical anomaly in book distribution. Fortunately we never bet the farm (!) on things staying the same. And we never found a feasible way to do what I really wanted, which was to “curate” a collection, i.e. become known for detailed and lovingly made recommendations. But at least our efforts benefited some folks in that way, gave me ample opportunity to do some hard thinking and careful writing, and made me a number of good friends online.

    As for your other point, I’m more convinced than ever that one of the few significant gifts we can give our children is perspective. While the young have the energy and gifts to engage in single-minded pursuit, only the not-so-young have the experience needed for a balanced view. We’ve worked hard over the years at cultivating our children’s trust just so they’ll listen when we try to temper their enthusiasm.

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