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Story ends for Borders

It’s official. Borders is closing the rest of their 399 stores and will walk in the sunset just like Tower Records in 2006.

I’m not suprised as I’ve always thought the brick and mortar box bookstore is a dinosaur business plan. People like to drink coffee and read books, but when they can do it all for free at a Borders or Barnes & Nobles, how do these companies survive? The thought was they would sell enough books, but Borders proves that bookselling is following the path of the music industry. Instead of mp3’s, we have ebooks and ereaders without a central hub like iTunes (as of yet).

Speaking of Barnes & Nobles, what does Border’s story mean for them? I anticipate they are racking up ideas on how to keep their business alive, and I hope they focus on growing their Nook business, because ebooks is the future of bookselling, even if I still enjoy having a physical page to turn.

Here’s a good article on what B&N needs to do to survive.

Now I go back to the task of writing, knowing that the book publishing business continues to change with or without me.

But I’m skeptical. I believe local bookstores with minimal stock will survive, and the best way for debut authors to get their work noticed is to sell significant ebooks of their work.

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4 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    Corey Doctorow says something like he’s more worried about people forgetting about him than stealing his work… so he does a lot of things like give away mp3 podcasts of his books for free on his website… or PDF copies of his books as well. I know that every book I’ve read for free on his site, I’ve also eventually bought and put on my shelf as well. I like having real books on real bookshelves.

    • reno1107 says:

      I’m with you. I prefer turning the pages of a real physical book. However, the new generation of readers are gravitating towards Ebooks, and that’s if they read novels at all! And with Borders closing, the market evidence supports my theory that publishing is shifting away from the hard cover book. And many authors are releasing strictly ebook versions of their novels. I would think you would have to be at the least a highly regarded midlister in order for a publisher to make a profit from a title.

      However, I’m still hopeful that this is a short term trend and readers get back to buying regular books, but if B&N falls, we’ll know why.

  2. Matt says:

    You make a lot of sense, Reno. on a related note, I blogged my other thoughts about ebooks in 2009: http://mattmullen.net/blog/2009/12/why-i-like-real-physical-books-and.html

  3. thats pretty sad… and i hope (like you) that this is a short term trend.

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