Nope. And neither does Time Magazine.
The newsmagazine reported that the American Booksellers Association says the number of its member stores has actually been increasing. And you can’t even call this a fluke because it's the seventh straight year it’s happened. The numbers are growing because business is growing. Independent-bookstore sales have jumped by around 5% in recent times. Time goes on to say "The revival of the neighbourhood bookstore has a few different causes. Some are prosaic: new technology makes things like accounting and inventory management easier for small stores. The growth of social media makes it easier to promote events."
As much as I like my Kindle (because I'm usually reading 3 books at a time, it's nice to have this thin little guy in my pocket rather pack a separate suitcase for several hardbacks when I'm on the road), check this out: "After Amazon launched the Kindle in 2007, e-books began a relentless conquest of the book market, from 9% of unit sales in 2010 to 28% in 2013, at which point their eventual dominance began to feel like technological manifest destiny. But the paper book – a piece of information technology that has, after all, been tested and honed over the past 2,000 years – has declined to give way that easily. [In 2015], the share of e-books (at least the non-self-published kind) actually receded to 24%. The books market appears to have rebalanced itself into a complex mix of paper and digital, with neither format completely dominating, and plenty of room for brick-and-mortar retailers."
When I'm doing presentations on "Shark Assault" (sharkassault.com) or "Why Being Happy Maters" (whybeinghappymatters.com) at bookstores, the proprietors tell me a 'growth industry' is amongst the young: kids seem to opting for real books once again rather than e-books.
Frankly, for this author, as long as people are reading (and hopefully reading my books!), whether it's paper or digital, it's all good.
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