We all have moved to online shopping for purchases, and for book lovers like me, the only shopping we do is books. And we are also aware that many traditional bookstores are in the verge of closing, due to these online shopping and e-books. Amazon.com said (on July, 2011), it is now selling more Kindle books than paperback books — 115 ebooks for every 100 paperbacks, in the US market. I never question the advantages of ebooks and online shopping - less expensive, time-saving and less space..this is practical. I can carry a single Kindle in my bag, that will be equivalent to 1000 books. In spite of all these advantages, I still think an online store can never replace a traditional bookstore.
When I see a kid searching for book in a bookstore, I see the excitement in her eyes that she never gets in searching for a book in an e-store.
On June 14, 2011, the Australian Minister for Small Business, Nick Sherry, shocked the publishing world, when he stated his belief that online shopping would force the closing of all traditional general bookstores within five years. He did, however, give credence to small, niche bookstores in large cities. So, that is where we are leading to? Yes, the world is changing incredibly fast..but letting the traditional bookstore to die, in the name of innovation, is overkill. We, well fine, I, need traditional bookstores. I still want my kids to feel the magic, that I felt inside the stores in the midst of thousands of books. I think I always can spend an hour or two in my weekends inside a bookstore, however big or fast this world is changing.
*** This is the entry for the competition being held at 'The Bookplex'.***