I said in the intro that I would start with complaints considered. So:
A summary of complaints made by Reformed bloggers about Christian bookshops local to them:
If this is the case in every local Christian bookshop, it is a Bad Situation. Why? Because God's glory matters and God has spoken to reveal himself and his salvation to his glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. He had it committed to writing to the end of his glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. So that we do not neglect our great salvation, what Christians read matters for God's glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Therefore it matters for God's glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, to what extent a Christian bookshop serves the building up of Christ's church! It is sick that one Christian would serve another with bad food. We should be doing everything possible in God's grace to feed each other well, to equip each other for service, to proclaim the glories of Christ, to warn everyone and teach everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. This mutual edification crosses the globe and the centuries as we learn from those who have gone before us in the body of Christ and wrote down for our benefit what they learned. We ignore it to our loss. We read it to our gain. We share it to our gain. Others gain and God is glorified in the church. Christian bookshops matter.
Therefore I contend that Christian bookshops are not to be abandoned, but reformed. Because whereas you may be able to advise those around you which books to read, and they can get them online, the group of Christians you know are not alone in the body of Christ. The reformation of Christian bookshops matters to the building up of Christ's church.
-> Pray about reading & sharing to the building up the body of Christ, and how you might grow in doing this practically. Pray for the reformation of Christian bookshops.
Coming next: focussing in on last complaint - "I can get them cheaper online anyway".