Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading and it asks you to muse about something “bookish” each week …… so here is my musing for the week !
A Bookworm’s dilemma with a touch of guilt
Most of my recent book purchases have been through online shopping. One thing I can’t deny is the convenience online shopping offers when I want to buy a specific book.
Why the guilt ? Because in recent times, all our local newspapers have been flooded with reports about various small independent bookstores shutting down largely because of decreased patronage. I can’t help but feel responsible in a way for that.
Here is the “chicken and egg” aspect of the story though. In an attempt to face the onslaught of the online market, a lot of these bookshops are diversifying and including sections like music, movies, jewellery,lifestyle products,etc. This, to me, dramatically decreases their appeal rather than make me revisit them. My favourite bookshop, which so far has resisted the temptation to diversify, is 13 km away (courtesy Google maps) and yours truly being quite lazy simply cannot trudge that far 😦 Which again leads me to the first 2 points !
So what does a bookworm do ?
Do share your thoughts on this and also leave your musings link in the comments !
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