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TELL US: Do You Still Frequent Bookstores, Libraries?

Barnes & Noble announced poor holiday sales, according to published reports.

Is the age of the bookstore over? What about the libraries?

That’s a question some are asking after Borders shut its doors nationwide, including the Westfield Annapolis location, and Barnes & Noble recently announced poor holiday sales, including declines in sales of its e-reader, the Nook tablet, The New York Times reported.

A failed Barnes & Noble could create nearly a dozen vacancies in Maryland, including a store in Annapolis, although company representatives told the Baltimore Business Journal in November it planned to maintain a “strong Baltimore presence,” the publication reported.

As bookstores struggle, e-readers have gained popularity.

Anne Arundel County libraries started offering e-readers in each of its branches in November 2011. By the end of 2012, libraries said they couldn't keep up with the demand for e-readers and e-books.

In January 2012, CNN reported that the number of adults who owned tablets increased from 10 percent in mid-December to 19 percent in early January.

Anne Arundel County libraries face many challenges and will be holding town hall meetings in February and March to enlist the support of residents in asking for additional funding to adequately serve communities.

Tell us in the comments: Do you still like to shop at bookstores or borrow items from the local library? Or have you completely made the switch to e-readers?

See related links:

  • Renewing Our Libraries – Renaissance Now!
  • Electronic Books and Devices Available at County Libraries
Kathy Russo January 11, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I LOVE my bookstores and our library system. I'd have to resort to buying books online, which is sort of a crapshoot, since you can only view a small blurb about the book.
Nancy Greer January 12, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I love the physical book and still think there's value in having a bit of "analog" in our lives. I'm not a complete Luddite and make use of modern technology, but I enjoy being able to thumb through pages and own a book that I can stick on a shelf or pile up (books make the best furniture, right?!) BTW, has anyone noticed that some e-books are more expensive than their physical counterpart? I love the concept of the library too and hope it can continue on as a repository of knowledge that anyone, no matter their income, can access.
Susie Herbert January 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I have always been and will continue to be an avid reader. I love libraries, bookstores and e-readers and believe that they can all survive! I support all places book!

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