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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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More changes in book publishing, ebooks take hold

The reactions are coming in on Dorchester Publishing’s announcement they are ditching mass market publishing in favor of an e-book business model.

I predicted this would happen to traditional publishers in my January 2010 posts, but my crystal ball was a few years down the road. It’s all happening so fast that so many authors I know are just rolling with the punches not sure where the industry is headed. If you take into account the downsizing of staff and number of stores at B&N’s and Borders, the shift in the publishing industry is well under way. I haven’t had a book released yet and I’m still struggling on how this will affect me!

It’s still my belief that e-book sales through the iPad and Kindle will reach about 20% marketshare by summer 2011 with younger readers leading this charge. Bookstores will continue to downsize and traditional publishers, the big New York publishers, will be very conservative on the number of books they print. New authors will have to work even harder to get a traditional publisher to take them on.

To me, this is a scary, yet exciting time for a new author to enter the marketplace!

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