I've been reading things that others have been writing about, that some bookstores have been going out of business. I don't think it has that much to do with people not buying the books there. Because of the things that have been happening over the last few years, I'm not surprised that some business have been having problems.
Being that I buy my books mostly threw Barnes and Noble online. I wouldn't want to see them go out of business any time soon. Being that I've decided to keep my book blog up and running for the next five years or so.
But, what so you think is the cause of some of the bookstores going out of business? Are people just not reading as much as they used too? I'm just cerious of what you guys think.
Check out RYCJ's blog about this very thing, it's great!
I agree that the business model is somewhat skewed. The businesses that do the best are those with a loyal customer base, and those that change with the times! You won't see Waterstones or Barnes & Noble going out of business any time soon, for the latter reason. (Okay, so they were huge chains anyway, but I needed to use an example that people actually knew about).
Smaller, independent bookshops are usually so set in their ways - many of them having been set up a decade or two ago - that they're scared of spending time and money on the internet, on e-books, etc. I know of one chap who doesn't even have a telephone! He survives through passing tourist trade and does rather well...but if he didn't have that, then his business would be under like a flash.
Communication is impossibly important these days. It's all about being available, networking, building that customer base and then being flexible enough to at least /consider/ changing from time to time. It's like anything else. What stagnates, dies.
~Sara, from Inspired-Quill
Its a pretty pickle to put it mildly, I've been to book launches but some stores only put the effort in when its a big name and they know that they'll sell a few. The best thing that you can do as a new author is to get as much publicity for it as possible, contact your local media, let them know, the odds are the newpaper will do an article on you, you can probably also get a spot on local radio and let them help carry the baggage.
It's always going to be an uphill struggle but if you've also got the time making something like bookmarks (a wonderful post by a friend of mine) you can maybe drop them off ahead of schedule (or ask them if they'll put them out for you) and advertise ahead of the date.
Yes, they're having trouble. The publishing industry, like the music industry, just refused to embrace the internet for far too long. They dismissed them and they've suffered for it. For years, ebooks were awful, horrible! No one would buy them or have any interest in them. It was so propagandized. I was on the first wave of ebooks in 2001, I thought "why not?" I loved it. Years later, ebooks are going far more stronger and with a massive audience. It's great for authors and online bookstores, but publishers have suffered. I think it is self-imposed suffering, so I can't feel very sorry for them. This is just the bookstores, though, not online.
The online companies are doing fine. Barnes and Noble and Amazon both are doing great. People are reading just as much, but they've migrated to ebooks.
From what I heard Borders is closing a BUNCH of their stores. I didn't hear they were completely shutting down, but I know they are selling off books at HUGE discounts at the stores that are closing. Check your local Borders!
yes, I think the decline of purchases made at a bookstore has every bit to do with the success of a book store especially the ma and pa bookstore or brick and mortal. if 55% of people start purchasing on line that could make a store close down or downsize. It may not be fully the decline of buying books as it is where and How you purchase your books. can a small mall book store compete with Amazon. NOPE, not with the prices nor can they compete with larger bookstores that may be able to offer a lower price on books, so bye bye small retail bookstores. Anytime a larger business come in to monopolize its a done deal. its fact. for some to survive you almost are giving your books away. even if a once small book store decide to close their retail store and go on line, can they compete with the larger on line book companies. RIGHTT, for how long. it really boils down to THE PEOPLE. what are they choosing and sometimes choosing cheaper prices will subconsciously lead to the dismissal of someone or something.
I don't use amazon because i disagree with their book review policies and the fact they are a giant book chain monopoly. The computers are going to cause more illness than anything else, why? they are becoming our 'conveniently lazy mat'. My friend has a dog that i think hates her computer, when she use to stay on it for long periods of time, he had even begun to urinate on the computer, lol. we decided to change her time on the computer and now he is fine. lol, she was just spending too much time on the computer for even the DOG. anyway, i think how we make purchases alone with this economy was a true major dip for bookstores that were already struggling before the economy went downhill.