Will Independent Bookstores Be Able to Survive Without Selling E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

In today’s editorial I wrote about my perception of the changing culture at Barnes & Noble, a company that is transforming itself amide internal and external strife. One of the things the company has managed to do is incorporate e-books into the products it can offer customers and, google ebooksincreasingly, this looks to be a key to its future. But what of the independent booksellers? In December, when Google eBooks went live, the American Booksellers Association announced that stores with IndieCommerce websites would now be selling Google eBooks online. You can see a list of the stores participating in the program here. It’s a healthy list, but not nearly representative of the scope and breadth of the independent bookselling community. What will the remainder of the independent booksellers do should the next generation of book buyers migrate to digital e-books? Will independent stores be able to survive without selling e-books?

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.