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.
Do Record Stores Point the Way of the Future for Bookstores? @ Nathan Bransford.
Indies in Action @ Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
Tell No Secrets @ The Steve Laube Agency.
Book Bloggers Can Help Sell Your Book: Tips for Authors @ Alan Rinzler.
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.
Taking a Good Idea and Elevating It @ Nathan Bransford.
From Bodkins to Back-Stabbing: Elizabeth Loupas on Spiking Your Novel with Conflict @ Writer Unboxed.
Free FtQ Chapter: Showing and Telling @ Flogging the Quill.
TTYU Retro: Where are We? Setting Versus Grounding @ TalkToYoUniverse.
The Writer's Journey @ Writing Roads by Linda Osmundson.
Choosing a Location and Settings by Roxe Anne Peacock @ Patricia Stoltey.
Common Errors in Scenes, Part 2 @ Seekerville.
New Agent Alert: Lea Beresford of the Denise Shannon Literary Agency @ Guide to Literary Agents.