Friday, February 25, 2011

This Week in the Writing World...February 25

by Brooke Favero
Pimp My Novel said indie bookstores would make a resurgence because of the decline and fall of Borders (and possibly B&N) this week. But what killed the indie bookstore the first time around was a price battle. The same price battle that took down Borders. Online retailers don't carry the overhead of a brick-and-mortar store and can slash their prices deeper while still maintaining a profit. Will enough book-buyers shop at the indie bookstores to make it a viable comeback?

I still buy the majority of my books at a bookstore. It's the smell. I can't get enough of it. But lately I've found even the brick-and-mortar hasn't been able to satisfy some of my requests. Sure they can always order it and get it in a week. But I can go home, order it online (probably get it cheaper) and have it delivered to my door. It's a no-brainer.

Do you buy the majority of your books online or at a store? And if from a store, do you buy from indie bookshops?

Understanding the Industry and Market
E-books Gone Wild @ Pub Rants.
Indies in Action @ Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
Tell No Secrets @ The Steve Laube Agency.
Changing Times: Changing Book Design @ The Blood-Red Pencil.

What Were You Thinking? (when you tweeted/blogged about rejection) @ Janet Reid.
An Agent's Edits @ BookEnds.
The Author Bio: What the Heck Do You Say? @ The Other Side of the Story.

Action is Character @ Rachelle Gardner.
10 Great Rules for Writers @ The Other Side of the Story.
The Writer's Journey @ Writing Roads by Linda Osmundson.

New Agent


Kay Theodoratus said...

I buy most of my books in a bookstore -- new or used. For me, it's being able to pick up a hard copy and browse wherever I wish to flip the book open.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I do it all--buy online, at indie bookstores, at B&N, and at the library's used book sales. And then I check a few books out of the library, too. I don't want any of these options to go away.

Nathan Lowell said...

it's e-for-me.

If it's not available in a format I can carry with me, I just don't have time for it all that much any more. There are *some* works that I've bought in paper lately, but it's 10 to 1 ebook to paper over the last 100 purchases.

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