anthony and joy,
are you talking about finding out about 'meat' (as opposed to 'e') books online and buyin them online or are talking about e-books?
i certainly agree that the internet has been awesome for communciation, for finding out about books i never knew about or more about ones i hear of, and for finding copies of them for sale.
--- On Sat, 12/19/09, Joy Matkowski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Joy Matkowski <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: e-books/e-readers
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 12:12 PM
I agree entirely. I haven't ever been in a bookstore where I've been
hand-sold anything I might want. I can recall being recommended whatever
best-seller is on display, "literary fiction," and, because I'm female,
a new line of romances.
Anthony Dauer wrote:
> I have discovered way more authors online than I have ever discovered
> in a bookstore. There's no search engine in a bookstore. Unless I get
> lucky and the book is either on table with an eye catching cover, the
> likelihood of finding something on the shelves that I'm looking for is
> difficult enough. Through Amazon.com and its multi-national,
> English-based online stores I have read authors that are not yet
> available in the US. New authors can also get themselves on the
> shelves at Amazon.com a lot easier than they can get onto the limited
> brink-and-mortar selves that are even more sensitive to what books
> they stock as the competition grows. One of the Borders here in DC
> actually down-sized its spaces not long ago.
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