After reading Julie Bosman’s New York Times article about the demise of Barnes & Noble due largely to wholesale superstores and online retailers, I was forced to stop and reconsider the guidelines of my blog. I decided that it is more about reviving and encouraging the act of reading than not buying books; and if a giant chain like Barnes & Noble can’t keep up with the competition, what hope do the independents have? I’m sure most people have heard how recently Amazon’s e-books outsold hardcover books for the first time ever–a truly upsetting statistic. Yet in this increasingly digital climate, it bears mentioning that Barnes & Noble produces its own e-reader, the Nook, and still couldn’t keep up with the competition. Soon digital books will be the only facet of the store to remain, as small e-book shops are established in shopping centers in lieu of their larger, tangible ancestors. The article quotes analyst Michael Norris on this shift as saying that “‘They [consumers] might pick up a book when they’re buying hand sanitizer or Band-Aids, rather than actually seeking out a bookstore as a destination and then buying a book at that point.’” (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/04/business/media/04barnes.html)
Seeing this I’ve decided I’d rather support the book industry in my effort revitalize my reading life. As a result, I am giving myself the green light to frequent libraries and bookstores on the condition that I read whatever it is I felt so compelled to get before I can continue on to any other book in my collection.
I know you’re probably thinking, she talks a big game but she’s only read one book since starting this book blog, and you’d be making a fair point. I have not been reading with the ferocity I should and cannot scold others for a fault I, myself, possess. The time has come, therefore, to truly make books a priority in my life.
Currently Reading: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell