So will fiction and children’s books be enough to keep bookstores alive? Yes, but the already large cafe space in most big box bookstores, where people read and sip coffee (there were as many people using laptops as there were reading physical books) will continue to grow as the shelf space shrinks. That will continue until print-on-demand technology eventually makes shelf space itself obsolete.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Death of Bookstores
Scott Karp of Publishing 2.0 has a blog entry on Bookstores Begin Slow Descent into Obsolescence: