Growing up, I would spend my free time in my local Barnes and Noble, collecting books to add to ones I have yet to even open up yet. I still continue to do this activity today. I think our generation, as mentioned in class is the one that is one the brink between print and digital. For myself, I can’t read a book on a Kindle or Nook, or even buy an electronic textbook. I can’t bring myself to do it, I physically like holding the tangible item and creating my own personal attachment to it. Bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Border’s have existed for decades but with everything being transferred into a digital world what future do they have? Kids these days have everything on their Ipads, they don’t buy books, they SparkNote them.
According to a New York Times article, Barnes & Noble’s sales have declined for the fourth consecutive quarter. I have always found a personal connection to books, as some do with old records, CD’s, movies, VHS’s even. I don’t want to transform into the digital era of reading a book on a screen, that takes away the purpose of a book’s intentions. I like the feel of turning a page instead of clicking a button. I am on my computer and phone enough as it is, I don’t want to turn to it for reading which is a hobby of mine.
More than likely, in the future, these stores will slowly slim down. I know of only a several bookstores in my area, but I can name at least 10 Apple stores within a 50 mile radius to purchase an Ipad. When you walk into a Barnes & Noble the first thing you see is a set-up kiosk of the latest version of the Nook or Kindle. What happened to getting coffee and reading the newest book that has just been released? We need to toss our digital devices to the side and sit and flip through pages of information that we can retain. We need to read and not skim.
I have a collection of books and I hope to continue growing it because I will not transfer them into a digital copy, I will not purchase an e-book, or become part of a generation that reads online. I will read on line while I wait to purchase a book.