Wednesday, July 21, 2010

THE DARK SIDE OF EBOOKS-

http://detnews.com/article/20100721/BIZ/7210366/John-King-slashes-prices-to-keep-bookstores-alive

Check out this story, Detroiters. One of our most sacred institutions John King Books is in trouble. Go buy a few books and keep him alive.

10 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Yikes! I wish I could go and be of some help. It's a pretty long trip from southern CA, though.. : (

Barbara Martin said...

This is sad, and John King is correct in saying that electronic devices are toxic. It seems people don't care about their health over the long term these days as long as they can live the now.

Ron Scheer said...

Not sure how long you can read ebooks after the Power Grid goes down. Might want to hang on to that paper copy of MOBY DICK. Otherwise, like FAHRENHEIT 451, someone will have to memorize it.

Naomi Johnson said...

A complete bummer.

Anonymous said...

Patti, that really stinks.

You can have my book when you rip it from my cold... uh, whatever.

I've read stories online, plenty of them, but have only read one novel - a reread of HUCK FINN.

We may be dinosaurs but some of us will not join Facebook and we won't get a Kindle.

Luddites unite!

;)


Jeff M.

K. A. Laity said...

Change is part of life. Nothing lasts forever. My books come out in print and electronic form -- I don't care how people read them as long as they buy them. I love poking through used book stores and finding treasures, too.

But I love Facebook, Twitter and blogs like this. They allow me to meet new people I'd never have run into and to keep in touch with many friends in far flung countries who I haven't seen face to face in years (or never met). I love talking to someone across the ocean via video with Skype on my computer -- for free.

I love having a library in my pocket, so I can leisurely read through Barchester Towers whenever I have a spare moment.

I love that the whole world is in my reach, which I could never have imagined when the back yard of my Michigan home was all the further I could see.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm always sorry to hear about brick and mortar stores suffering, even though out of convenience sake I'm not going to book stores as much anymore. I still buy a lot of books, but my buying them at actual stores has dropped by about a third I'd say in the last four years. Part of it is living further away from such stores now.

pattinase (abbott) said...

The die was cast many years ago now so all can do is find the good in it or be frustrated. And I also like knowing people across the country and across the world in some small way. There is not a person on here who lives within a hundred miles of me.

Erik Donald France said...

That's a lot of storage space for maintain physically. I always liked digging around King's for stuff, which is what I do in capacity as librarian as well. Maybe they should just convert it into Detroit's Alexandria Library Branch, get a huge grant and keep it going that way. Commune. Utopian society. Zardoz.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I know a lot of people complain that King cheats widows out of their first editions and won't keep records of his holdings, and is an SOB, but it's all we have...