When Nate Hoffelder wrote in The Digital Reader about independent-store growth in the shadow of alleged bookstore-killer Amazon.com, it’s amazing how cult followers or Amazon hit men crawl out of the woodwork to defend the Internet-only retailer. Hoffelder reports in the blog that Amazon slayed a negative 77 ABA stores in 2012, making it obvious that the evidence of bookstore resurgence is real, despite Amazon’s predatory business model based on tax avoidance. Hoffelder offers insights into why indie stores are surviving and actually growing in number, outlining the important role of physical space for real humans not just technofiles primping to be cool. Read the blog and especially the comments.