Saturday, August 27, 2011

Where Can I Find A Book?

"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, KindleboardsGoodreads, 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.



Anonymous said...

Amazon is terrible for browsing, however. Just at B&N today, and the "New Releases" have a lot of stuff that doesn't show up in Amazon's equivalent. E.g., if you sort by pub date you have to slog through a dozen pages of books that haven't been published yet. Terrible on a phone.

B. Justin Shier said...

I've found B&N and Amazon promote very different books, but neither is very good at promoting new releases. I use to browse new and upcoming movies. The site organizes them nicely into categories and provides aggregate critical reviews right next door. The book industry lacks that kind of website. I bet someone could make a few bucks by creating a facsimile.