I'm writing this post as a consumer who likes to read.
An ebook, while less expensive than the paper version, is in many cases over priced. Add to that fact, newly available and rapidly improving technology and it shouldn't take a genius to see what is about to happen.
Let's face facts. Books cost too much now! Even "used" book stores have jumped on that bandwagon by raising their prices. Still cheaper than new, but not that great of a deal anymore. I'm fortunate to be able to buy what I want, but not everyone is still in that boat. I'm just tired of being gouged.
What's the difference between Border's and Tower Records? The answer is simple, Tower Records is history! The big box book stores are soon to follow. There is simply no need for them anymore.
It's evolution! Just like music, words can be downloaded. I love holding a real book in my hand just as much as the next guy. I also loved holding an album cover! I got over it.
Unfortunately, technological evolution will soon solve the problem for us. The vast majority of books will soon become unavailable on paper. Unless you are willing to pay a high premium for them.
LP music albums are still available also. I think I'm going to head on down to Tower Records to buy one. Oh yeah, they went out of business. I guess I'll be FORCED to download it.
Pretty soon there isn't going to be a choice. The same things being said about "real" books now, were being said about records in the not too distant past. The major book stores that make their living off of new releases are closing! Soon, they will be gone. It's the way of things! Will we be able to buy "real" books? Yes we will, but it will be at an elevated cost, just like records...
Here is a partial list of music and record stores that have closed. Of course there are hundreds of smaller independant stores that have also closed, but I dont have the room or resources to come up with all the names.
- Blockbuster Music (most)
- Budget Tapes & Records
- Camelot Music
- Circuit City
- Record Town
- Compact Disc Center
- Crown Books
- Disc Jockey
- Flipside Records (Chicago area)
- Great American Music
- Harmony House (Michigan)
- Incredible Universe
- King Carol
- Licorice Pizza (California)
- Listenin' Booth
- Madcats Music & Books
- Media Play (closed and dissolved in 2006)
- Movie Gallery
- Music Boutique (Seattle)
- Music Plus (California)
- National Record Mart (Pennsylvania)
- Odyssey Records & Tapes
- On Cue
- Oranges Records & Tapes
- Rainbow Records (Oklahoma City)
- Record Bar (malls)
- Record Town
- Record World
- Rose Records (Chicago area)
- Sam Goody (a few left)
- Sammy's Record Shack (St. Louis?)
- Second Time Around
- Soul Sounds Unlimited
- Sound Warehouse
- Sounds of Soul Records & Tapes
- Square Circle
- Starship Tapes & Records (Tulsa)
- Strawberries (Massachusetts)
- Tape World
- Tower Records (converted to an online-only retailer)
- The Record Shops at TSS
- The Wall (formerly Wall To Wall Sound & Video)
- Waves Music
- Wherehouse Music
- Virgin Megastores
- Yesterday's Records/Discs (Wichita, Kansas)
kindle, big business, book publishers,