For example, these were the books I picked up within 20 minutes of browsing in the Sydney Kinokuniya. None of these titles are available for the Kindle (I think), and after agonizing for another hour, I decided to buy The Well of Loneliness and The War With The Newts. I knew these editions wouldn’t be carried in American bookstores, and I wasn’t going to waste time searching for them on Amazon, Book Depository or Fishpond.
Hmm. I wish someone would compile the numbers for this. For me, immediate gratification is (almost) everything, so while I naturally love my Kindle, I never walk away from a bookstore empty-handed either. The few Kindle-owning bibliophiles I know also shop in a similar fashion, though I wouldn’t go so far as to assume that we’re representative of our group.
Bitches in Bookshops.
I finally made it to Powell’s Books in Portland, OR. Got so overwhelmed I left with only two Muriel Spark novellas and a handful of greeting cards.
The Literary Man Cave:
In theory, we love the idea of the newly debuted Man Cave. Hosted by Adams Media, it’s an online bookstore targeted directly at male readers and those who buy gifts for them, according to Publishers Weekly. How perfect!
“Men tend to be the most challenging people to shop for,” says an Adams Media marketer. And the Man Cave site boasts of having the solution: “Yes, guys do read—they like it, in fact. It’s here that you’ll find the perfect gift for the man in your life.” But check out the selection of titles: How Do You Light a Fart?, 100 Sexiest Women in Comics, and Sweet ’Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them, to name just a few.
Ahh … so they didn’t mean literary novels and memoirs that might appeal to not-big-reader guys. They meant gifty books that nobody really wants but that are stamped “For Guys.” Books about farts and mustaches. You know, the book equivalent of a tie printed with golf tees.
In a nutshell: less print more digital, bookstores die, cheaper books, print on demand, self-publishing, author-to-reader connection, THE END OF THE WORLD.
At first glance, it looks like a charming independent bookstore, a West Village gem with a window display featuring artful stacks of gleaming hardcovers. But, wait a minute. Is that one book? Like, many, many copies of the same book?
Seriously, Housing Works Bookstore, why can’t you be located in every single part of the world that I’m in? You’re SO inconsiderate.
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Brb, busy memorizing every single word, detail of this article.