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Bookstore No More

September 11th, 2009 - written by Brian Utley

I went to Barnes & Noble today to pick up a new book. This is a rarity and today it became clear why that is so. I have Amazon Prime, so I don’t pay for shipping from Amazon, I have a Kindle also. So when I started browsing books at B&N I found it very hard to rationalize spending $24.99 for a new (or old) hardcover book. How are these stores still in business? I can buy 2 books for my Kindle for roughly $5.00 cheaper than 1 hardcover book at B&N or Borders (in some cases). You are basically a sucker if you are buying books from brick & mortar stores these days.

I used to enjoy the retail bookstore experience. But with the onset of “Web 2.0” it is becoming a much more enjoyable shopping experience at Amazon.com, or through the Kindle store on my Kindle or even my iPhone. There simply isn’t a reason for me go to a bookstore an longer. And that isn’t a sad thing.

I’m still finishing The Fountainhead, probably a couple days away. I finished book #37 before book #36, which makes things wonky, but I’m on track. Today I purchased two books which are a fourth the size of The Fountainhead so I should start and finish those in the next week. The two new books are Homer and Langley, by E.L. Doctorow and NurtureShock, by Po Bronson, both look great.

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  1. September 12th, 2009 at 18:24 | #1

    I’ve been following along on your 52 books challenge. I met Po Bronson a few years ago when he interviewed me for his last book, my story wasn’t chosen but the experience was fantastic. He’s brilliant as far as I’m concerned. I read his recent book and wish I had done so when my 16 yr old son was younger.

  2. September 13th, 2009 at 17:16 | #2

    That is excellent, too bad he didn’t use your story. Thanks for following!

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