Buster wrote:While I agree that Amazon does an amazing job, I still lament the effect that it has on independent book sellers. One of my favorite local book stores closed recently, saying that people no longer ordered books through them, even though their prices were comparable to Amazon.
For me, one of my favorite parts of the whole reading experience is browsing - handling, smelling, dipping into whatever catches my eye. That, indeed, is a big part of the thrill - the serendipitous find, a book you didn't know existed, on a topic you'd never think of, by someone you've never heard of - and that is missing when ordering on line.
"Not all treasure is gold, mate."
I agree browsing is wonderful, and we do have a used book store here in town (which charges half the cover price for a used book, so not at all comparable to Amazon prices). But my main problem with shopping in a store is that I have trouble finding what I need when I am looking for a specific item. That used book store didn't even have a copy of AIW in a huge room filled with children's books.