Another One Bites the Dust: Big Table Books in Iowa

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The Des Moines Register reports the closing of the cooperative bookstore Big Table Books in Ames after thirteen years of operation. Bookstore shareholder Steve Pett sold shares to 156 investors to start things up in 1992, but now Pett and the members of the coop consider the store's demise as another casualty in the war against the behemoth price-busting corporations.

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From the article: "Nobody expected it to make money," said Don Zytowski, a retired Iowa State University professor and one of the original investors. "It was never a commercial venture. It was a citizenship venture."