Store Owner Burns Books as Social Statement

1 decade 3 years 1 week ago Sunday, May 27 2007 May 27, 2007 Sunday, May 27, 2007 8:47:03 PM CDT May 27, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Kansas City bookstore owner torched scores of books today to protest what he sees as diminishing support for the printed word. Tom Wayne has sold used books at his Prospero's Books for more than ten years. The book burning lasted about 50 minutes before the Kansas City Fire Department put it out. Wayne doesn't have a burning permit, but the book seller said he will get one for future burnings. His plan is to have monthly bonfires. He wants to burn his entire supply -- about 20,000 books. Wayne says he has noticed a decline in customers in recent years. He believes more people are getting their information from TV or the Internet.

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