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Kindles replacing bookstores

Written By Kineen Dillard

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Would you rather buy a book or purchase a Kindle? The answer for most would be to purchase a Kindle if you consider how unpopular buying a book is lately. With the sudden bankruptcy of Borders Group Inc, it leads me to question if bookstores are going out of style. In today’s world, people are always on-the-go whether it’s to school or work. With so many other priorities to worry about and supplies to carry around, books seem to be an inconvenience. Being on- the-go, you want something that doesn’t become a burden to you so when a new product comes around to make life easier, we buy into it. I see more people with Kindles on my way to school than books. In fact, books may be the last thing I see because instead of carrying a book, I see photocopies of book pages. The Kindle is a fairly new product that is described to be a “hand-held electronic book.” You can download and read multiple books known as e-books. Kindle comes in different sizes but still remains flat. The screen is formatted so that the glare is adjusted in light. A wide variety of books are already available, even texts for school. Kindles are less of a hassle so I don’t blame anyone for picking Kindles over actual books. However, could this possibly mean the end of hard copy books? Let’s face it, we are in a digital world. Mainly everything we do involves an electronic device. Electronics run our life so the Kindle isn’t any different. With the cheap prices of book downloads, it gets hard to compete when you’re a book store. In the case of Borders Group Inc., one of the many problems they face are being unable to compete with their competition, leaving them with low sales. Borders also wasn’t big into the online market when it came to offering digital books. What happened to Borders may not be happening with other stores, but one can imagine that it’s not that far from happening with the direction e-readers are going in.  I frequently visit Barnes and Nobles and each time I have been there people weren’t exactly knocking the doors down, though I’m not sure if that was ever the case. It is such a big store, but only has twenty or sometimes less people in there. There are always special sales and I can’t help but think if that’s so they can sell more books. Sales aren’t a bad thing because you do get good deals, but stores just don’t have sales for no specific reason. Also when I’m at the library, I see people there but most of them are there to use the computers rather than read books. Personally, I still purchase books but not often. I don’t own a Kindle nor do I plan to. Kindles do contribute from taking away the essence of buying books or just reading one for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I may not be a fan of Kindles but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. They are pretty nice and great when you’re on the go but it shouldn’t be the only reading source. Just because Kindles are convenient doesn’t make them better.

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