Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bookstores are obsolete?

The Huffington Post did an article on 20 Things That Became Obsolete in the Last Decade. I'm pretty young (shhh... don't tell anyone) so a lot of these things I absolutely agree with.  Although, I will say that in my job I use a fax machine still pretty much daily. I also have a number of catalogs delivered to my home for decorating inspiration.

Also, number 5 on the list? Bookstores. Agree or disagree?

16 comments:

  1. I disagree...Borders is always crowded when I go in there, although I buy most of my books from Amazon.

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  2. I think people still like bookstores and still NEED bookstores. But I also think that people probably buy the majority of their books from online sources.

    Also, did you hear that Borders is near bankruptcy? NOOOO!!!

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  3. Highly disagree!! I will always be willing and wanting to buy more and more books.

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  4. Someone forgot to tell the catalog companies that they are obsolete...I still get at least one a day.

    I don't see that bookstores will ever be obsolete. True, I buy or get most of my books online but that is because I am a voracious reader. The casual reader isn't as likely to give up perusing a bookstore for their 1.2 books read a year.

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  5. very strongly disagree, while I think there are some who are big on online ordering I think many, myself included enjoy going to the store to see what grabs my eye or what I'm dying to read.

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  6. I don't think bookstores are obsolete. There are always lots of people there...

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  7. I disagree... for the moment. However, as previous commenters stated, online bookstores are gaining in popularity, as well as e-readers like the Kindle and Nook. I don't believe that bookstores are obsolete quite yet, but I think that sometime in the future they will either cease to exist, or become an entirely different sort of environment.

    Jane
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  8. VIctoria Strauss did a post about the context of stats (http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2011/01/importance-of-context-part-1.html). While brick and mortar as suffered lately, so has a lot of other businesses during the recession. Shopping online is convenient but there's something about going to a bookstore and browsing that can't be beat. And judging by the number of people I always see in the bookstore when I go, I'm not swayed that they're obsolete.

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  9. Well I sure hope not! I use them all the time for gifts. I also use online ones too but it's the same for all shopping. I use both online and instore for much shopping so please keep 'em!

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  10. I think there's definitely still a need for book stores! Even though I do buy lots of books online, there's something really lovely about browsing through a bookshop and picking up a random read you mmight not have discovered. Round my home in the UK, a lot of Waterstones are closing down, which is such a shame :( In the future bookstores might face a struggle though.

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  11. I disagree too ... there's no comparison between browsing online and in an actual bookstore. No matter how hard I try, I can never keep away from the bookstore too long :-)

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  12. Whaaaat? That list is crazy. Watches? Catalogs? The separation between work life and personal life? (That last one just made me sad!)

    Although as I continued through the list... a lot of those things are gone, baby gone. Yellow pages? Landline phones? See ya later!

    I hate to say that I think they could be on the right track about book stores. I just wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE book store (Treehouse Books in Holland, MI) that just went out of business. It's hard to keep up with the Amazons and B&Ns!

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  13. how i hope that isn't true!
    though the borders by me isn't nearly as crowded as the barnes and noble so i do believe borders will be gone soon
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  14. I disagree. There are still music stores, even though most people don't buy CDs anymore. I think strong bookstores will survive, because most people who are book lovers love browsing a book store and discovering new books. I gander publishers will still print books for several more years, just perhaps they're putting out more e-books than paper books.

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  15. Just wanted to let you know that I just linked back to this post! Thank you for sharing it with all of us :)

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