No, this isn’t about immigration policy. I see that Borders Bookstores are closing. I’m a culprit. I’ve bought books from Amazon.com since at least 1998. Love the service and convenience. I still love to browse bookstores, though. There’s a serendipity about finding a new treasure.
But bookstores have it tough. The price isn’t really higher (given postage to mail books from Amazon), but the perception exists. I don’t think e-books have put that big of a dent in the market, yet.
One thing I’ve noticed over the last five years or so. Where there were racks and racks of computer books, now there are only a few shelves. Where once there were racks and racks of business books, now there are only a few shelves. I wonder why that is.
Still lots of current events–political books evidently sell even though I don’t read them. Lots of kids books. Not so much SciFi. Cooking and music books are still plentiful.
Maybe someone could study our culture in terms of shelf space in bookstores?
I can tell you why the number of technology books available has shrunk in the past few years. By the time they are on they shelf they are almost dated. Most of them were huge books with big price tags but had minimal relevant content. There is so much technical content on the web now for free, nobody is going to pay for the hardcopy.