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The fate of bookstores
#31
RE: The fate of bookstores
(November 22, 2013 at 9:56 am)thesummerqueen Wrote:
(November 22, 2013 at 9:51 am)Fidel_Castronaut Wrote: I am more than happy to be proven incorrect if figures can be shown that disprove my theory.

It's less about whether or not production costs are higher or lower than the fact that people are willing to pay for them, no matter what the costs are, you see. That's what I'm saying. People are still willing to pay for books, and I really don't see that going away any time soon...except perhaps in some incredibly distant future when we're all living on asteroids.

Which isn't to say that businesses won't fail as people buy more e-books, just that they won't die completely.

Good point.

I think there is a difference between fiction and non-fiction/academic titles as well. It'd be interesting to see something that displays sales over the past few years for different genres. If there isn't a study on it, someone should do it and make a mint!
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#32
RE: The fate of bookstores
(November 22, 2013 at 9:31 am)Fidel_Castronaut Wrote: I'm still sad about the dwindling popularity of hard copy books. But as we evolve socially and technologically, I think some things will just disappear. I just hope reading levels don't drop as a result!
An article of interest about learning from paper vs screens.

I don't know if this would impact interest in reading or literacy levels, but it does seem to impact ability to learn.
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#33
RE: The fate of bookstores
Thanks Zazzy. I'll read it on the train home from work Smile
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#34
RE: The fate of bookstores
(November 22, 2013 at 11:47 am)Zazzy Wrote: An article of interest about learning from paper vs screens.

I also tend to be able to read things a little faster on screen than I do on paper. It wasn't like that before, though (i.e. before I got addicted to the computer). Undecided

Maybe that's not a good sign.
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#35
RE: The fate of bookstores
(November 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm)Captain Colostomy Wrote: I love books...my vision problems make them even more treasured. A bright ass screen is no treat. I guess paper is an anachronism, but you never forget your first love.

Try a Kindle.
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#36
RE: The fate of bookstores
Reading on a screen is very relaxing... 0.o I haven't touched any of my actual books in... what feels like years.

Like, Ready Player One is right over there. Haven't touched my favorite book since probably last year.
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