By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief
Yes, bookstores are an integral part of our business. They remain the core of our business. They are the key to book discovery for the vast majority of book buyers.
Alas, I foresee a “demographic cliff” forthcoming. Print is holding steady in sales, supported in a large part by generations weaned on the printed book. And a big fat population of baby boomers, now heading into retirement, will continue to buy them for the foreseeable future. Generation X, also weaned on print books will likely continue to support physical stores as well. But the next generation and the next…the number of readers who will be “born digital” grows with each passing year continues to grow and it’s not outrageous to foresee a time when print becomes a niche product and bookstores will have transformed from purveyors of print into something else: digital repositories, community cultures centers…
How many more years can bookstores survive as purveyors of print?
How Long Can Bookstores Survive as Purveyors of Print?
- 10 years or more (56%, 66 Votes)
- 5 years (27%, 32 Votes)
- None of the above (explain in the comments) (10%, 12 Votes)
- 2 years or less (7%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 117