It’s interesting, because people always talk about the “death” of the book. That books are being replaced by eReaders and other electronic formats and soon no one will buy physical copies. But spending time with other readers and actively participating in the book blogging community makes me think this is all crap. From what I can see, the book is just as popular as ever. When you scroll through the booklr tag on Tumblr, no one is taking photos of their eReaders, it’s all photos of gorgeous book hauls. People are passionate about books and reading and that’s never going to change.
Which got me thinking… I live in a small town that has a couple of book stores that I never use. So while book buying is still alive and well, I think book stores will disappear before the book ever does.
Why? Because even though I have book stores in my town, I don’t buy my books there. A book from an Australian bookseller can cost anywhere between $15 to $25. As such, I buy all my books online, where they are cheaper. Or from my local Big W where books are around $10 to $14.
Where do you buy your books from? Online or from a local store? Are book stores dying out?