Or, You can pry my free books from my cold dead fingers
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So, today I’m on LinkedIn and I see this as a “top headline in online media”: Amazon Working on a Netflix for Books. You know, Amazon’s come up with this revolutionary idea: you can check books out and the return them and then get more books. It’s gonna be big. Um, hi, it’s called a library.
Except that actually, it’s a pretty sucky library. According to Mashable:
“The details about the project are scarce, but it appears that the library would primarily contain older works with restrictions on how many books a user can access each month.”
So, it’s a library with only old books that limits how many I can take out – oh, and it charges me for the privilege? Doesn’t really sound like a library that I would use, even if it were free. (Okay, I lied, I’d use it, but I’d complain about it – a lot, probably on this blog.) Continue reading
The era of the big box bookstore is coming to an end and I, for one, am saddened by this. Yes, I know they were big, bad corporate giants that came in and destroyed neighborhood bookstores and coffee shops, ending third places and stifling locally-owned businesses in many communities. All that’s true – and awful.
But at this point, the closing of your local Borders isn’t likely to mean that a locally-owned bookstore is going to spring up in its place. (Although I wish that would happen!) It’s really just going to drive more business to Amazon (or iTunes). Yes, I know they’re both big, bad corporations, so why should I care if people buy from Borders or Amazon?
Because I like bookstores – large and small. I like browsing. I like wandering the aisles and touching the books. Picking them up and feeling their weight. I like to pick an edition based on the way the pages feel in my hand. For me, buying a book is a tactile experience. Continue reading