By Paco Gómez Nadal, (La Vorágine)
An associative bookstore can be a business… it doesn’t have anything to do with being for-profit or non-profit. The difference is that an associative bookstore isn’t run by one person or a group of business people rather it´s managed collectively by a group of associated people and that’s what’s important, because an associative bookstore has to be collective. It´s true that, in the large majority of cases, they´re non-profit and part of political projects, or politicized projects, I mean they´re politicized. Now I think that that’s sort of changing because, for example, there are bookstores arising that are not technically associative because they´re run by a married couple or by two friends, which isn’t a large association or collective, but it maintains the spirit of a associative bookstore. It´s different than conventional bookstores that have been the project of one person or a family and haven’t had this plural character, right? I think that that’s what it’s all about.