THANK YOU to Lloyd Hodkinson for sharing this superb post from CLC USA National Director, Dave Almack: Why the Kindle Can Be a Brick and Mortar Bookstore’s Best Friend. Dave rises to the eBooks challenge by outlining six reasons why they are not the enemy, and concludes:
As a bookstore guy, I am now encouraged more than ever that e-readers devices can be our friends and not just the enemy to be ignored, avoided or even castigated. With every new technology challenge that we face, there will also be opportunities to exploit. On-line retailers reminded us of our special role are curators of content and helped us to improve our unique in store selections. Big Box stores reminded us that while a good selection of books is important, the right selection of books is even more important. Mass Merchandisers like Wal-Mart reinforced the reality that our customers need good prices and helped us to become more price competitive and even innovate with bargain book sections and value priced books everyday. This new e-book challenge will only do the same as we remind people daily that there is nothing quite like the feeling of holding, smelling, reading and enjoying a physical book and then giving one to a friend.
- Head on over there and read the full post: you’ll be glad you did.