Joanna’s Morning Links post today included a link to a Mike Shatzkin article about the future of Barnes & Noble.
I found this statement particularly telling:
“It is a virtual certainty that if a book has three different prices: print in the store, print online, and ebook, the printed book in the store will cost the most. This is not a formula to assure bookstore survival.”
If Amazon.com has taught us nothing else, it has taught us that books should be inexpensive. I know that authors and publishers wish Amazon had not taught us the lesson, but it’s been well and truly taught. Publishers, authors and booksellers are going to have to deal with it for years to come.
So, book lovers, what’s the answer? We are readers. We know what we like and what we want, and, from comments on this blog and others, I don’t think we want brick-and-mortar stores to go out of business. Is there a solution? Maybe no one will listen to us. But maybe they will.