04-22-2013 05:19 PM
Sure, there will be a demand for DTB's, but will it be enough to make the large B&N brick and mortar stores profitable enough to remain open?
5 years ago, I would visit a B&N store at least 20 times a year. Now, it's less than 10. I used to buy an armload full of books. Now, I'm only buying reference books. I may browse some books to add to my e-reading list.
How about the others on this list? Do you still frequent the B&N stores? Do you still spend as much money as you did 5 years ago?
I go in to a book store more often than I did 5 years ago, but that's partly because now my kids are a bit older so it's easier for me to go out on my own now than it was 5 years ago. (Five years ago, I had an infant, a toddler, and a 6 year old with autism who couldn't deal with crowds of people in stores.) I've always taken my kids to bookstores frequently. It's their most requested outing. I also spend more money on books now. I buy both dtb and ebooks. I buy paper books when I want something for my bookshelf or something with lots of pictures and charts. I cannot look at knitting books on a tablet. I've tried using them on my computer and I have hundreds of pdf knitting patterns/books, but when I want to use the patterns I need to print them out. I will say that may change when I finally get around to getting a tablet. Right now there are no future plans to do that, though. It seems that I've replaced my paperback book buying with ebooks. I rarely bought hard cover novels unless I was desperate to read something (almost all my hard covers were gifts or textbooks from our homeschooling days).
I will say that my kids prefer paper. I've asked and for them it seems to be a sensory thing. Kids like to touch. My kids are 11, 9, and 5, so maybe younger than the kids in the studies Keri was talking about. My 9 year old will read on the nook if it's a book we don't have in paper (the first 4 Harry Potter books, we have all the classics in ebook and only some in paper). She has no problem reading with the nook, she just likes having the weight of the book to hold and the physical pages to touch. My 11 year old techie loves the ereader. He reads more on it than the other two. My 5 year old likes to sit in the middle of the floor surrounded by stacks of books. Also, her books all still have colour illustrations, though she does have some ebooks she loves to read. (She's in love with the black and white illustrations in Alice in Wonderland and will sit for ages flipping pages on the nook to look at them.)
04-22-2013 06:00 PM
04-22-2013 06:32 PM
I used to love to go to the BN, Borders, and even my public library, but no longer.
Borders is OOB. BN has sadly become a daycare center where oblivious moms on cellphones let their kids run amok. My public library is full of noisy teens meeting there to socialize. I guess I'm too old-fashioned to expect reverence in places like this.
Anyway, I just shop online these days and when I find something interesting I'll reserve it at my local public library. No more perusing the shelves and making impulsive purchases. In fact, I rarely buy any books anymore.
04-22-2013 06:55 PM - edited 04-22-2013 06:58 PM
04-22-2013 07:15 PM
I buy hardcover for books i really like and sometimes where there is no price difference.
A few data points (just based on what I've noticed) -
1) Parents with kids prefer paper books.
2) Lots of people want paper copies of their favorite books.
3) Lots of people buy paper books in cases where they are travelling and/or can't use ereaders (bath, beach, airports).
4) Lot sof people like to have home libraries.
I think we've now switched to the opposite extreme.
When ebooks first came out people thought it would be
5% ebooks and 95% paper.
Now people think the opposite.
I think neither is the most likely outcome.
A split of 20-80 between paper and ebook to 40-60 between paper and ebook is more likely.
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04-22-2013 08:05 PM
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04-22-2013 08:43 PM
If JP is so concerned, why doesn't he do it? He's certainly making enough bank to make a difference.
04-22-2013 08:57 PM