End of Bookstores?!

Our local Borders Bookstore went out of business- or rather, its my understanding, they all went out of business. Around here, however, its one of the few places you could go to sit at the cafe and meet friends, peruse the bookshelves, and even enjoy some of the events they had in the store.

Its a sad day to be sure when you can’t find a bookstores to sit among the stacks and read samples of potential purchases.

I hear people suggest its the end of paper books. I’m not sure to panic about that quite yet, but with Borders going out of business, and many bookstores shifting to e-books, the days of browsing bookshelves might come to an end.

New authors find self publishing to be a growing (and profitable) trend, when it used to be a frowned upon path of action. Publishing companies, you were told, had the corner market on getting them on the shelves and do the marketing for you- not so true any more.

Publishing companies still have the experience of the business on selling books, but self-published authors are growing in numbers, and finding success at what publishing companies cornered as their market.

E-books are also generally cheaper, and you can have thousands on a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader. Will we see the end of backpacks twisting your spine out of alignment in favor of a single e-reader with textbooks and note taking?

Like a paper book, e-reader are often lost or stolen. Look up tech support for a lost Kindle and you find a number of dissatisfied customers.  The IPad, on the other hand, has a Kindle and Nook app, but also have an app to locate the IPad.

I hope Kindle also incorporates this technology. Nook’s technology includes shutting of the SIM to prevent a lost/stolen e-reader from accessing the Internet. Here is a link about lost/stolen Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader.

I don’t see the end of actual paper books, but in my area, we have only a handful of bookstores you can sift through and look at shelves of books. I’d hate to see the end to that.

What are your thoughts on this technology and trend?


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