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A World Without Borders – The End of The Bookstore — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Dave, from Australia. I found you via Joel Friedlander.

    Great article. It really explains the reality of how much publishing has changed over the years. Sad for Borders, but if you don’t adapt, you eventually die. More so in our modern Internet-driven world than ever.

    I’ve self published via Kindle once personally & once for a client, and it really is easy to do. Of course, just uploading a book to them isn’t guaranteeing it will sell and be a success, but at least it takes away the excuse of not being able to get a contract with a publisher &/or afford to self publish your own physical book (pre-POD days).

    And, I’ve brought, read and enjoyed quite a lot of books via Kindle that I would NEVER have found or bought in paper print in a bookstore. That’s a win for me (the reader) AND the writer.

    It’s a brave new EXCITING world we find ourselves in. I can’t wait to see how it progresses over the next 10-20-30+ years.

    Anyway, thanks again for a great article.


  2. Thanks, Char. I’m a paper book person, too. I don’t think paper will disappear altogether, but eBooks are exploding. As a designer, I try to put as much of the feel of a real book into an eBook as possible. Fortunately, the new KF8 and EPUB3 specs will make that easier in the short term. I doubt eBooks will ever measure up to their paper counterparts in my book (sorry), but anything that closes the gap is a step forward for writers and readers. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Excellent article. I remember, vividly, when I spent hours in Borders or B&N, and always left with more than a few books in arms. Increasingly over the years, however, I started using the store to review the book(s) and then went home to purchase from Amazon because of the savings it provided me. While that sort of behavior certainly contributed to the demise of Borders, I just couldn’t justify the extra expenditure.

    Kindle, which may be the best thing since sliced bread to some, remains cold and lifeless to me. I’ll always go for the physical book if possible, just to have that lovely ability to dogear the pages, jot notes in the margins, and hear the rustle of paper as I flip through the pages.

    Again, thanks for an excellent piece.