For any readers who might not know, tell us why Kepler's is so awesome.

For me and many others who've been around for a while, growing up in the bookstore was awesome. Kepler's and the peninsula had a very different feel in the '60s. As a kid, I ran around the stacks in bare feet amidst rows of paperbacks with incredible cover art -- Doc Savage was particularly fetching. The bookstore was a meeting place for free thinkers, peace activists, students, professors and just plain folk. Today's Kepler's has a different feel, less of the literary rebel feel, but still maintains the values and charms of the old Kepler's. We have a very thoughtful selection, well presented and in touch with our community. We're blessed to have a great neighbor in Café Borrone that makes a great symbiotic experience. Our staff is passionate about books and love to engage with our customers.

What role has Kepler’s played in the community throughout its history and what role does it intend to play in the future?

Kepler's has always played an active part of our community. We believe in giving back to our community. We actively participate in improving the life of our community. We give abundantly to local schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations. We encourage our staff to participate in community service. We’re here to stay.

Why should we patronize independent bookstores over the big chains? They have comfortable chairs where we can read our Oprah’s Book Club selection. Who wouldn’t want that?

I don't know that "everyone should shop at independents only" is a realistic expectation; "everyone should be able to" is preferable to me. A bookstore should be a great place to browse and shop. Coming to Kepler’s is a positive and enjoyable experience for our customers. We surround our customers with great books, great energy and great experiences. We provide a dazzling environment for our customers and staff.