Technical Bibliophiles to Bid Adieu To Kendall Square

3/26/08

Fans of browsing uber-geeky tomes on computer graphics, operating-system design, programming, and all other deeply technical matters have something of a wake to attend tomorrow afternoon. Kendall Square’s Quantum Books, which will be shuttering its brick-and-mortar store this weekend, is hosting a 5:30 p.m. goodbye party for longtime customers, according to the Cambridge Chronicle.

Quantum owner June Kapitan—who with her husband opened the store more than 20 years ago a few blocks away from its current 4 Cambridge Center location—told the Chronicle that rising rent and electricity costs and a shrinking customer base were to blame for the store’s closing. (Another faction evidently blames tech publisher Tim O’Reilly.) Quantum’s online store and warehouse in Wilmington, MA, will remain in business.

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  • http://www.tourfilter.com chris m

    very sorry to see them go. they were the best technical bookstore in boston.

    i was in there last week and asked them about why they were closing. the clerk on duty said the building had recently been bought, and the new owners had jacked the rent up, simple as that.

    thanks, new owners.