UK is reporting in a Very Short Story
that the worlds oldest bookstore, JOHN Smith & Son in
Glasgow\'s West End is closing thanks to competition
from online giants such as Amazon and BN.com.
The firm was founded in 1751 by John Smith, the
youngest son of the Laird of Craigend, who opened a
shop on Trongate selling books, snuff and coffee to
Glasgow\'s tobacco merchants.ohn Smith & Son is the longest continuously-trading
bookseller in the world. The Cambridge University
Press is more than a century older, but has changed
hands and closed down on occasions.
Willie Anderson, John Smith\'s managing director, said:
\"I feel very sad, but we couldn\'t see how we could claw