What are bookshops for today?
A friend of mine who created a splendid book and toy shop in Florence, couldn’t find with her suppliers a toy I asked for. We both found it on Amazon, and then she wrote me in an e-mail:
“But what are book shops for today?”
Though I am an intense user of Amazon and digital books, I am also a customer of bookshops everywhere I go – in fact searching and visiting them is one of my greatest pleasures in traveling. Book shops are there for something, but their role has and is changing: “… we’ve found a place for radio in a world full of televisions”.
Why printed books?
Notice how the question today has quickly shifted from “do digital books make sense” to a different one; revolutions are quick, so was the introduction of printed books. Here are some nice writings to make you think about this matter:
Hack the Cover
(Actually I suggest you to read all Craig Mod writes, as the theme is always this and there is depth in his researches.)