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May
26
2011

Local Bookstores

Hi everyone,

I have a question that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. It seems like everyday on twitter I hear something about how the publishing industry is changing and going more toward the digital side. Of course paper books are still being produced, and I believe they always will be. But you can’t deny that ebook are on the rise to becoming the new favorite way to read. I’m all for ebooks. In fact, I’d say 99% of the books I buy now are digital. I love that I can hold thousands of book in my hand and still have nice clean bookshelves in my house.

With that said, I still think local bookstores are very important and it sucks to see them close their doors. I think it’s important to grow a love for books and reading in my children, so we will often go to the children’s section and play. They’ll pick up whatever books look interesting to them that day and we’ll sit and read for a bit. We always find books to buy. ALWAYS. I still go into my local Barnes and Nobel to buy not only children’s books, but also to stop in at the cafe for a coffee, and to pick up things like notebooks and thank you cards. But if I’m going to be honest, I rarely buy any adult fiction there. If I find a book I like, I often just go to my kindle app and buy it instantly. So the author is still getting the sale, but the local bookstore isn’t. I should also add that we do buy children’s books on our iPad as well, which is awesome for when we travel. But at night, when we’re cuddled under the blankets before bedtime, there’s nothing like reading a big paper picture book.

So, do you still visit your local bookstore? Do you still buy novels from them? Do you buy other items to support your local stores? There’s no right or wrong to this question, I’m just curious how others feel about the changing landscape of book buying.

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  1. Gayle Ramage says:

    Hi

    Well, I must say it’s been months since I went into a book shop, BUT that is only because I live in a village in Scotland, and the nearest proper bookshop is around 27 miles away in Edinburgh. There are supermarkets/charity shops/convenience stores nearer which sell books but if you’re talking about a proper bookshop like Waterstones then it has been months for me.

    I don’t have an actual Kindle but do have the software for my PC and I have been buying from Amazon as obviously it’s easier and cheaper for me to do that, than pay a bus fare to get to Edinburgh to buy a book. Although I love that you can have a book within seconds via the Kindle, I do sometimes miss actually holding a book and turning the pages.

    I have been bemoaning the fact that the town I do go shopping in doesn’t have an actual shop dedicated to books. I would love a Waterstones to come down here but I don’t think it will happen anytime soon, therefore I shall just have to stick to ebooks and Amazon.

    1. Heather says:

      Hi Gayle!

      I think you might be my first Scottish visitor!! I can understand it’s so much easy to buy books online or on the kindle, especially if you have to travel to other towns by bus to get to said bookstore. If you love the kindle software, you’ll love an actual kindle even more. I’ve had one for a couple of years now and I don’t plan on ever going back to strictly paper books. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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