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  •  One of the many business trends (2+ / 0-)
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    emeraldmaiden, llywrch

    That have nothing to do with health insurance....

    I hope there will always be room for a few actual bookstores because books are more than just text, and some customers like to have a store to browse around, where we might run into the unexpected, and can actually see and handle the volumes before buying. Right now in our area we are sadly down to one chain bookstore and one independent new/used bookstore. The independent was always small, has evolved and now doesn't even bother with best-sellers and genre fiction. Their buyer is superb. It's easy to drop $50 on impulse, and yet come away feeling you got good value, not only what you bought but the entertainment and education from exploring the shelves.

    •  E-books (0+ / 0-)

      A friend of mine moved recently and didn't want to move 30-40 books and just donated them all.

      Unfortunately for many bookstores, there is almost no reason to buy a physical book anymore (other than coffee table material, etc). On my iPhone and iPad I have every book I've purchased recently and can read any of them at any time. They take up zero space, and are cheaper than physical books.

      I used to spend a fair amount of time in bookstores back in the day, but today, why...?

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      by Sparhawk on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:05:08 AM PST

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    •  one of the things i loved most about living in SF (2+ / 0-)
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      llywrch, MarkInSanFran

      were the book stores.  primarily the ones specializing in used books, but a few all new independents like City Lights and Clean Well Lighted Place.  i spent hours in Aardvarks, Dog Eared Books and Adobe.  Never made it to Green Apple, but can now reveal my secret spot was the back of the Gold Cane on Upper Haight.  a regular there keeps a Free Books shelf in back and works at a publishing house.  i pulled tons of stuff i would never have otherwise read.

      you're right about the value of a good buyer.  and, as a life long bibliophile, i could never part with my walls of books and bookshelves.   i get too much pleasure from having my own personal library in addition to a love for the physical act of turning pages.

      the trajectory of physical books may mirror that of vinyl records and maintain a loyal cult following for a long, long time.

      A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

      by No Exit on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:03:26 AM PST

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