Ah another discussion! I can hope I’m getting somewhat better at making up discussion topics that haven’t been covered! Okay, today’s discussion is on Indie Bookstores VS. Retail Stores.
We all know the Indie bookstores, that little bookstore in the town that you live in that sells way too expensive books (usually). And we also know the gigantic retail bookstores that are everywhere and also sell books that are way too expensive. You know the ones I speak of; Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Indigo Books and others.
I recently took a poll on Twitter regarding this and here were the results.
Out of 80 votes, 49% of people practically never buy books from their local Indie Bookstore, 35% of people say they sometimes buy books from their Indie and the remaining 16% of people say they buy from their Indie often.
I don’t know about you, but I was a little surprised. Just a little. I personally don’t shop at my local indies enough, like seriously, I hardly ever shop their because – well, it’s expensive. Some people don’t shop at their locals for the very same reason. And some people don’t shop at their local indies because they actually don’t have one which I found was really surprising.
Personally, I’m going to try and shop at my Indie more. I mean, these tiny local bookstores are being shadowed by these larger bookstores. It won’t be long before any kind of bookstore is around from the effects of ebooks and just ordering books off Amazon. We all remember Borders.
I’ve compiled a small list of why people don’t shop at their local indies:
- They don’t have a local indie
- Not a large enough selection
- We have Amazon
- eBooks have become quicker, sometimes cheaper, and more efficient
Indies and Retail stores have one thing in common. They are both just as expensive. Have you seen the prices at Barnes and Noble? So then why do we buy at larger retail stores opposed to the far smaller indies? Barnes and Noble and other larger retail stores have the power to stay. I have a feeling that these large retail stores aren’t gonna be going out of business for awhile, but these indie bookstores, well – they could go in the blink of an eye.
Where do you prefer to shop at? Why do you like to shop there? And what are some other reasons why people prefer to shop at larger retail stores opposed to the smaller local indies? Tell me in the comments! 🙂