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Bookstock in Woodstock

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WOODSTOCK, Vt. - Goddard College student Desmond Peeples came to Bookstock Saturday."As easy as reading something online is, there's really nothing like actually getting to know a physical book," said Peeples.

Hundreds of attendees at the Bookstock in Woodstock Saturday seem to agree. Young and old checked out the 35 authors and poets and aisles of books at the 6th annual event. Bookstock represents the efforts of the small but mighty community of just over 3200.

"At the local level here, it really knits the community together, we have several institutions in the community from the library to the historical society to the art center all work together to produce this," said Ron Miller of Bookstock.

Some at Bookstock think marketing on a local level is the key to keeping printed books around. They say just like many Vermonters are fans of local food and products locally printed books about topics that interest Vermonters also have a strong fan base.

"Have that sense of community. My dollars are being spent in the town where I live so the money is really staying where it should," said Dede Cummings of the Green Writers Press.

The fair draws best-selling authors from around the country.

"The audiences here and the enthusiasm for reading is terrific and for a writer it's kind of heaven," said Author Anita Diamant.

"This fair is different because it's much smaller. It's far more intimate, and the level of diversity is growing, clearly the topics and the writers are both poets and novelists," said Ida E. Jones, Author and historian.

There was loads of food, music, and fun - and plenty of book purchases being made.

"There's a bit of sentimentality to it. I like to feel a printed book, I like to see the actual made product," said Peeples.

The enthusiasm seen at Bookstock says printed books are here to stay in the Green Mountains.
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