"I can find more great stories in 10 minutes browsing on Amazon than I can in a week of shuffling the aisles at B&N, Borders, or whatever."
- Bart, in discussion thread for last week's post
I headed over to my favorite B&N last week. I went upstairs to find that their fiction floorspace had been reduced by 50%. The recovered space is now occupied by children's toys. Now I love children's toys, but I don't want them replacing Chaucer.
I need to just come out and say it. Print publishing is in a death spiral. I live in a major metro area, and as of this week, I no longer have a bookstore. The two Borders nearby went out of business (bye-bye best hot mocha in the Universe). The two B&N near me now resemble Toys R Us. If someone offered me a traditional publishing contract at this very moment, my first question would be: "Where do you plan on selling these books?"
Times are changing. The Internets have struck again.
How are you finding new books? Do you rely on Amazon also-boughts, Kindleboards, Goodreads, or Library Thing? Have you found any great book blogs like Scott's? Let me know. I'd love to hear how you've adapted your browsing habits to the new ebook era.