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Speak Out: Do You Still Shop At Bookstores?

Barnes & Noble has announced poor holiday sales, according to published reports.

Is the age of the bookstore over?

That’s a question some are asking after Borders shut its doors nationwide, including the location in Columbia, and Barnes & Noble recently announced poor holiday sales, including declines in sales of its e-reader, the Nook tablet, The New York Times reported.

A failed Barnes & Noble could create nearly a dozen vacancies in Maryland, including stores in Ellicott City, Frederick and Pikesville, although company representatives told the Baltimore Business Journal in November it planned to maintain a “strong Baltimore presence,” the publication reported.

The region has also seen its exodus of smaller, independently owned bookstores.

In May of 2012, Eldersburg Patch reported the closing of one of Carroll County’s last independent bookstores: The Little Professor Book Store, which had been open for 35 years.

The closing of The Little Professor Book Store followed the closings of other bookstores in Carroll County, including Locust Books in Westminster and Waldenbooks in TownMall, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Meanwhile, e-readers have gained popularity.

A program in Howard County libraries that lends out Nook e-readers had a line of more than 500 waiting to check out the device eight months after its inception, reported Columbia Patch in July of 2011.

In January of 2012, CNN reported that the number of adults who owned tablets “increased from 10% in mid-December to 19% in early January.”

Tell us in story comments: Do you still like to shop at bookstores? Or have you completely made the switch to e-readers?

See related links:

Nook E-Readers In Demand From Howard County Libraries

Today is Last Full Day For Columbia Crossing Borders

Barnes & Noble Faces Steep Challenge as Holiday Nook Sales Decline

Ownership of tablets, e-readers almost doubles in one month

IT Fed January 24, 2013 at 02:48 PM
You seem to have an extreme dislike for libraries and bookstores and it is unfortunate for you. I love libraries and try to visit the local Barnes & Nobles as often as I can. I have a tablet but I love holding a paper book in my hands and turning the pages. I have a personal library of a couple hundred books and I don't plan on trading them for e-versions.
IT Fed January 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Pufinstuf, the 'free public school education' is also subsidized by taxes, so your argument is not valid.
Angela Morales March 05, 2013 at 01:38 PM
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Angela Morales March 05, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Barnes and Nobles needs to expand their coffee shop and turn their facilities into coffee and dessert stores with books as a side business. Look at Starbucks, people go there to get there coffee, wifi, and to sit and read. Barnes and Nobles needs to fit the gap of providing people a place to come and read, while they drink Barnes and Noble coffee and eat their desserts. Starbucks really does not have space to accommodate all the people who want to drink coffee, but don't want to run out of the store once they pay for their drink. Be better than Starbucks, I say.
Stephen C. Dapson March 06, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Yes, I still shop in bookstores. Many books and magazines I'm interested in are not available electronically. Even though I am handicapped and cannot walk well, I still go into Barnes and Noble in Ellicott City on a regular basis as well as going to stores that sell books and magazines along with their other merchandise. I also have a PhD. and that may account for my habits!

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