Day 6: Describe how you shop for books
Shopping for books has become a bit of an oxymoron. I still buy books, but the process does not much resemble “shopping.”
Step 1 (optional)
Go to the local Barnes & Noble. Get depressed because of the death of bookstores. Barnes & Noble seems to have survived because it became a gift shop/café that sells magazines and the occasional book. There is one remaining independent bookstore but it is the size of a closet and has fewer books than my living room. If a book is not on the NYT bestseller list, written by well-known local author or on the owner’s book group list there is little hope of finding it there.
Go to Amazon and fill the cart with the three most interesting books I haven’t yet read by the author I am interested in. Checkout.
Step 3 (optional)
When traveling in Boston, stop by the Harvard Bookstore and remember what real bookstores used to be like. Think about the size of my carry on luggage and wonder if I would rather take home clothes or books.
- The Future of the Traditional Bookstore in a Digital World (goodereader.com)
- 5 Keys to a Great Bookstore Experience (davidwalker1.wordpress.com)
- Thank You, Barnes & Noble (newyorker.com)
- Barnes & Noble: We’re ‘not competing’ with independent bookstores (nextlevelofnews.com)
- The Re-Emergence Of The Bookstore (thedreamclosetbook.wordpress.com)