Musing Mondays asks us this question this week:
***Do YOU like the changes that have come to bookselling in the last several decades? Do you shop online? Do you prefer big chain stores, or do you prefer small, independent shops? Why?
I do like the changes that have come to bookselling just because I think that reading has become so much more popular now. Whether it be for kids, teen, or adults-everyone is being encouraged to read and experience how wonderful books are.
I love the options out there now. Back when I was in even in my twenties all you could do was go to the bookstore and back then we didn’t have a lot of them. Now, we’ve got big bookstores scattered all over the city and a lot of them. We have only a few independent bookstores and I don’t frequent them mainly because they’re located in our downtown area and that’s not my favorite place to go. I did have a favorite one that was located at a mall by my house but unfortunately they are closing down in favor of the big bookstore across the street and I’m really disappointed by that because although they were smaller I could always find what I wanted or they’d get it for me and also the people who worked there were wonderful-they’d always stop to talk or help you pick a book if you were looking for something new. We don’t get that in our bigger bookstores.
That being said I do shop online because it’s cheaper. I do however still love to go to the bookstore for the sake of going and seeing all the books and just being there. Sometimes I’ll buy something but more likely I note what it is and buy it online unless they’re having a good sale. There isn’t anything that takes the place of walking into a bookstore and looking around and seeing all those beautiful books surrounding you-I love it.
So, what about all of you-what do you think of the changes that have come about with bookselling-do you prefer shopping online or do you have a favorite little bookstore or big chain that you frequent? Stop by, drop me a line, and let me know…