Technical Bibliophiles to Bid Adieu To Kendall Square

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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