Lauren Leto

Please Don’t Close, Bookstores

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on December 28, 2009

Mashable reported that Kindle ebooks outsold real books on Christmas (found via @traversj).

Mashable goes on to refute the Kindle sales as likely a consequence of people filling up their shiny new Christmas Kindles. Also, many people don’t go shopping on Christmas day.

However, I’m still shaky. Could the future of bookstores be the same future as music stores? I love going into bookstores. I do it everyday. If my neighborhood book store closed because people were getting their books off of Amazon instead of there, I would be wrecked.

I am defensive when people say that bookstores might close. I am defensive for the same reason that most people are defensive, I know I might be wrong.

Touching a book means a lot to me (that sounds dirty). Flipping through the pages, feeling the weight of it and looking at the cover – all stuff absolutely necessary to my enjoyment. I’d imagine other book lovers feel the same, but are we enough?

We might (slightly) be saved now that the new TSA regulations are cutting down on electronics. I’m sure that the sale of the books in airports will rise because of all the people anticipating the mandatory one-hour  shut down of electronics before landing time plus the ban of television on flights. So, read! Even if it is a Janet Evanovich or Sue Grafton novel.

Yeah, I’m reading Eclipse. FUCK OFF. There were NO other books in the Mexican airport. We all slip sometimes.

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  1. Christine Quilisadio said, on December 28, 2009 at 10:37 am

    True! I love the smell of books.

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  3. hannahkaty said, on December 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    This is just depressing. I am in the same boat as you, my mother asked if I wanted a Kindle for Christmas and it was a straight shut down. There is just something about having a book in your hands and cracking it open that makes it unlike any other feeling. If we get to a point where we no longer need books I will rebel. I refuse to read books off of a screen.

    Best,

    Hannah Katy


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