Wednesday, September 19, 2012
THINGS HAVE CHANGED
We like to say, "Things are changing." But truthfully, things have changed.
This week I was in the local B&N. It is a fairly large store in the mall in our town of over 100,000.
B&N had filled the store with games and calendars. Children's books and toys accounted for probably a third of the space. The mystery section which used to be two long bookcases of several sections each on both sides, has shrunk.
There is one small bookcase with books on both sides. Some whole shelves are filled with a single author, most notably J.D. Robb.
I thought about my own reading habits. It had probably been at least three to six months since I had been in the local B&N. I was in a B&N in a town nearby a while back. I was sitting reading and drinking latte while my wife went to a quilt club meeting.
I order almost all my books as e-editions. The hardback books I buy, I buy from Mystery Guild. My wife still likes bound books. She can page back and forth through them and read the end first, something she almost always does. But I like deciding to buy a book and getting it in the flick of an eye over the airwaves.
We live in a small retirement house. It is great to have shelves full of books on some computer in the cloud. If that cloud-bound bookshelf dissolves when I die, who cares? My son won't have to try to figure out what to do with all my books. We used to have bookcases in our house. My office was lined with bookshelves filled with books. Now I'm thinking of getting rid of my one remaining small bookcase.
I know it pains some people to hear me say these things. But it is not just that things are changing. In a substantial way, things have changed.