I don’t know about you, RG2E Peeps, but I don’t have a good gut feeling about the future of Barnes and Noble brick and mortar stores. They could end up with the same fate as Borders…bankrupt and all stores closed.
Following an article in the Wall Street Journal (which is subscription only…ugh!) early last week, things ain’t lookin’ too good.
Digital Book World (DBW) is doing a great job covering it and analyzing it. So, here are the links you might want to check out:
And, it’s not just their brick and mortar stores that are in trouble. Their Nook division, even with Microsoft’s money, isn’t doing great either. Sales of their new Nook tablet didn’t meet expectations during the holiday season.
So, what does all of this mean for you as Readers/Ereaders?
What is perhaps going to change is how y’all find new authors and book/Ebooks. In other words, how will you find/discover books and authors in the very near future, with and/or without any major brick and mortar chain stores like Barnes and Noble?
I just don’t think brick and mortar stores are in our future at all. Even with highly-illustrated books as in the travel and childrens’ genres, because of tablets (like the Kindle Fire and iPad), there’s simply no need for glossy paper.
My gut tells me that, in the very near future, we’ll find books and authors in two places – on Ereaders/Tablets and in The Library. (Yep, I’m betting if you want the paper/print book experience, you’ll go to your local public library for that.)
What do y’all think?
Note: I’ll do my part to continue to help Barnes & Noble, as I do sooo appreciate and love all of you Nook Readers! So, one lucky commenter today will win a $10 Nook Gift Card.
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