According to Publishers Weekly report published today, September bookstore sales dropped 4.5%. For the year so far, though, sales are up 1.8%, due to a boost in business at college bookstores.
By way of comparison, circulation at the Middleton Public Library was up 13% for the month of September, 5% year-to-date.
It's not a scientific indicator, but it does seem to validate the idea that people use libraries more during hard economic times. The Natchez Democrat says so.