Responding to the Seemingly Age-Old Question: Are Bookstores Relevant?

by Admin

There was an interesting article in the Daily Nebraskan quoting one of our staff and A Novel Idea’s Cinnamon. Any time we can support learning, we do our best to make time to answer questions. As you might imagine, we get this question a lot, actually. Different variations on, “What is the future of bookstores?” The frequency of it makes me want to explore one line from the article further. It’s a generality that’s pointed to when we’re asked questions like this.

“Many followers of the technological movement agree that bookstores are becoming outdated and archaic with the convenience of e-readers and Kindles.” First, there isn’t really any attribution to that. Who are these people and how have they come to this agreement? What criteria is used to make this assessment? Some stores are having record sales and some are closing down. I think more than e-readers are at play here. Second, it presupposes the two systems cannot co-exist.

We have several staff who engage in various kinds of social media, have the latest gadgets, who might be referred to as followers of the technological movement. They even have…e-readers. (Gasp! Shock! Horror!) We also have staff with iPods, cds and vinyl.

So long as there are people who value conversation, experience and good books, we’ll be all right.

People want options. You can cook at home, get cheap fast food or go to a fancy restaurant. A hamburger from all of these options is basically the same but the experience is wildly different. Used bookstores get you low prices and e-readers mean you never have to change out of pajamas. Shopping at Indigo Bridge gets you the newest books, a fresh cup of coffee and let’s you support a store that turns around and invests time, energy and money into your schools, your neighborhoods and your future.

What Dustin said is right. So long as there are people who value conversation, experience and good books, we’ll be all right. Particularly since Indigo Bridge wasn’t started to make anyone rich. We want to promote education and literacy, we want to provide Lincoln with interesting information and opportunities that grow our community, and we want to be a resource for others seeking these same ideals. I daresay there are plenty of people in Lincoln who want this too.

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