Took a stroll through the local Borders liquidation sale today. There was a strange feel in there. The cafe was closed, many of the shelves were in disarray, and it felt a little like a sign of the times. Is it the end of books as we know them?
Paper books will surely persist for a long time to come, but book stores may not. The book industry is changing quickly. I’m not sure anybody really knows what it will look like ten years from now, but it’s likely to be very different.
Will the downfall of big chain bookstores allow smaller stores to flourish again, or are we seeing the end of brick and mortar bookstores all together?