A scary scenario from today’s Booking Through Thursday:
What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?
Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?
I know we’re all supposed to be mad at Amazon these days, but it’s still my main source of books. My local bookstore’s good for popular and/or new books, but it’s Amazon that I use to slake my thirst for research books and out-of-print books. So it would be quite a jolt for me if Amazon disappeared. I can’t remember how I got along before it, actually.
In the absence of Amazon, I’d probably manage OK on Abebooks and eBay, where I also buy a lot of books. But it just wouldn’t be the same.
I don’t think I’m going to sleep well tonight!