According to this article, Barnes & Noble, one of the last physical bookstores, had a poor Christmas and will start closing stores soon. As both a reader and writer, this is depressing news.
Reader - Yes, I have bought books from Amazon, but I buy more at
B&N. Why? Because I can wander the aisles, sampling books until I find new
authors to enjoy. As much as it might try, Amazon will never be able to match
that sense of discovery. Online, you have to intentionally search for a book.
Browsing just doesn't work well.
Writer - Every aspiring author I know hungers for their first book
signing. The chance to autograph the end-product of years of dreams and hopes.
eBooks - kinda hard to sign. If there are no bookstores, where will signings be
held? At restaurants? In parking lots? Autograph parties in the author's home? It's
doubtful a lot of 'potential' readers will just happen to attend those (vs. passersby
I was depressed when
Borders closed. I'm just as depressed that Barnes & Noble might be on the
way out. It's sad, sad news indeed.
And I still don't like