Thursday, 26 January 2012

My Fairyland Haven

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. 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.

Its like a fairy-tale world for me, when I enter a bookstore.  That is where I belong..  Inside of a book shop filled with books?  Yup, exactly!  There is no better place I can think of, that I would love to be.  Almost every time I go to a bookstore, I never know what I want to buy.  Yet, I always leave the bookstore with a minimum of two books in hand and I love the one hour that I spend inside the store, selecting those books.

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.  

When I see the guy, who asks for the place, where a particular series or book is stacked, I feel like raising my hand and saying "I know where it is..I just now saw and thought of buying.  Do you want to buy it too?".  This is not small talk.  This is where I share my passion for books with other book lovers.  I get to know more books, speak with more people and share our opinions.  I miss all of these small incidents, when I shop online.

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'.***


  1. I feel exactly the same way!!!! Wow, it's like you went through my brain and picked through it LOL.

    Book stores are the best! I was absolutely depressed when Borders closed! And then now I heard Barnes and Noble is in trouble! It's so sad!!

    I just hope more than anything, that they at least leave the online stores open, so I can still get my paperbooks, not just e-books.

    From my favorite authors I still want to be able to hold the actual book, and also sometimes books cost the same as e-books, so I figure, either I just have the file, or I can hold the actual beautiful book and look at the beautiful cover in color :)

    1. Yeah, I never get enough of hard copies. If they stopped selling hard copies, it will be so unfair. Let's hope, it won't happen. :) And as I said, I still miss traditional bookstores for choosing my books.

  2. Oh yes, I do too! Borders was my absolute favorite place to go! It was never that crowded so I always got that quiet time I wanted inside the book store. We also have a Barnes and Noble, which is another huge chain book store, but the one in my area is always SOOOO noisy! And crowded! Everything is just sort of stuffed in there! :)

    1. Yeah, crowd could be a disturbance, while reading. ;) In my location, we have Higginbothams, which I hope won't be closed any time soon. I have never visited B&N or Borders..Have to see where its located near my home. :)

  3. Borders might not exist anymore, because they are slowly closing all of the stores. ;(

  4. I really had a great time with your essay writing service australia reviews
    post! I am looking forward to read more blog post regarding this! Well written!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...