Internet Rivers: Bookstores
The Internet has greatly expanded our access to books and media. Prior to the internet, we were limited to small and selective group of books presented at the local bookstore. The bottleneck at the local bookstore made it extremely difficult for middle tier authors to access the market. I found that even the mega bookstores often did not carry the eclectic selection of books I wanted to read.
The internet is another story. It gives us access to publishers and massive personal book collections.
Pundits like to blame the Internet for the decline of the local bookstore. Personally, I see the internet doing something much more exciting. Amazon, Half.com and eBay and other auction houses allow people to sell their books online. The Internet has effectively turned everyone into a bookstore. The ability to buy and sell books online has created a whole new class of people that could be described as professional collectors.
As for the local bookshop, those that have embraced the Internet have found manna from heaven. They've found that they can buy and sell used books online and are making out like bandits. The bookstores I frequent in town are now making more selling online than they do through their shop. Prior to the Internet, we only had access to a small number of best sellers at the local bookshop. The internet has greatly expanded our horizons. With the Internet, we are all bookstores. We have access to more works and our collections have greater value. I say, ignore the nattering nabobs of negativism. This ability to buy and sell online has greatly expanded our horizons.
- Barnes & Noble (*) - review
Barnes and Noble is a leading bookseller. Their online bookstore has one of the most comprehensive collections of works on the net. The web site works in conjuction with the stores; so you can buy online and pick up locally.
- Campus Book Rentals, LLC (*) - review
Save on textbooks. This store rents textbooks for a quarter. The price is just a fraction of the cost new.
- Better World Books (*) - review
Buy new and used books. Purchases support worldwide literacy campaigns. The site accepts donations of used books.
- World Book (*)
World Book offers a fun selection of encyclopedias and children's books.
- Cato Store (www.catostore.org)
The Cato Store offers books and related items with a Libertarian slant.
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