Original post was written for the Venture Gallery blog
on October 2, 2014
by Stephen Woodfin AMAZON
revolution has changed all sorts of things about the book business.
here to stay.
are on the rise.
demise of paper books has not occurred, as some predicted.
book stores, not so long ago believed by many to be on the way out, are on the
world now is schizophrenic.
books on their smart phones, listen to audiobooks on their phones or tablets
while they commute or take trips, and purchase paper books.
myself as an example.
several eBooks per month straight off my Kindle. I buy an audiobook or
two each month and download it on the Audible app on my phone. I listen
to it on head phones connected to my phone. I buy paper books of a few of my
favorite authors when new releases come out. For instance, I always
pre-order the next James Lee Burke book. I also buy paper copies of
classic or hard to find books. I am more likely to purchase a paper book in an
independent bookstore, although we don’t have many such stores in my neck of
whether my book buying habits are representative of book buyers in
general. My thought is that there are a number of factors that come into
play in the equation. Some of those are the proximity of a brick and
mortar bookstore, the age of the buyer and the genres of interest to her.
are beginning to see a backlash against the ubiquity of the Internet.
is great for many things, but it can’t replace the smell of a bookstore or the
personal interaction a book buyer can have with knowledgeable bookstore
proprietors who can point her in the right direction. Neither can a
reader shake hands with an author at Amazon.
prefer paper books, eBooks or audiobooks, and where do you like to buy them?
When I read Stephen’s blog, I just had to share it
with you. I guess the fact that I had received my son’s Christmas list early (as
he’s heading out of the country until Dec 21st) might have something
to do with it. You see… his list consisted of three, hard-to-find, hardcover books
her two paperback copies of my own book Special Agent Francesca because she
wanted them for Christmas gifts. (What is it with this Christmas stuff???
Sheesh – it’s only October.)
The point here is that many folks still enjoy holding that physical book in
their hands and then displaying it on their bookshelves.
but we’ll never change human nature.