Mission-driven bookstores, most owned by women, led the charge in providing books and information to customers following the announcement of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last month. Thirty years ago, in an article on women’s bookstores, one bookseller called the “impending court battle” over Roe one of her strongest marketing tools. We talked with a number of bookstores we profiled in 1992 again this past June, but Minneapolis’s Amazon Books was not among them. Considered the first feminist bookstore in the country, it sued the other Amazon in 1999 for trademark infringement. In addition to receiving a financial sum, the store agreed to change its name to Amazon Bookstore Cooperative. It closed in 2012.

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From the Archive: May 11, 1992 by Publishers Weekly on Scribd