Saturday, September 10, 2011
Is the Book World All Virtual Now?
The world of books has changed dramatically over the past few years. Not only are we reading more ebooks than in the past, but we're seeing the creation of more online book clubs and book group discussions.
With the increasing popularity of ebooks plus online interaction among readers or between readers and authors, what does this mean for brick-and-mortar bookstores and libraries?
In my opinion, that depends on how libraries and bookstores respond to changing times. Can they take steps to stay relevant in some way, i.e., to provide value to their customers or patrons? Take for example, the Maryland libraries referred to in this article, which are trying to provide amenities such that people will consider them to be community gathering places. Not just places full of old dry dusty books that no one reads anymore. :)
PS: If you had enough Klout, you could get this Stephen King book for free. ;)