Sunday, June 29, 2014

Black River Used Books’ story is almost over

Bill Mattoon has operated Black River Used Books in Springfield for 16 years, but that chapter is coming to an end at 5 p.m. Monday.


  1. Sorry to see him go. His business added something positive to the downtown.

  2. I heard someone say that Black River Used Books was "an oasis in the desert of downtown Springfield." Made sense to me. They will be missed!

  3. Sorry to say that Black River Used Books, for all its merits, was yet another rather obscure and nondescript vendor on a rather forlorn main street. My guess is that the owner was fortunate to have a military pension to supplement his income from this rather moribund business. He deserves credit for trying, but the fact that “…he thought Springfield could become the Vermont equivalent of Hay-on-Wye, a small community in Powys, Wales, that is famous for its many used and antiquarian bookstores” tends to reveal a lack of due diligence in his research of Springfield and its decades long record of economic and social travails.

  4. Actually he sold a lot of books on


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