Whoo-hoo! Sales are up 10% over last year in brick and mortar bookstores!
Facing economic gloom and competition from cheap e-readers, brick-and-mortar booksellers entered this holiday season with the humblest of expectations.
But the initial weeks of Christmas shopping, a boom time for the book business, have yielded surprisingly strong sales for many bookstores, which report that they have been lifted by an unusually vibrant selection; customers who seem undeterred by pricier titles; and new business from people who used to shop at Borders, the chain that went out of business this year.
I wonder if other people’s experiences are like mine. When I bought my new kobo a year ago, I was enamoured of it and ereading. While the romance lasted, I had no use for paper books and craved ebooks. But like any infatuation, it passed and took its proper place in the scheme of things. I’m back to reading paper books and using my ereader for convenience when traveling.
There is nothing more relaxing than reading a book in the tub.