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Old December 18, 2011, 04:15 PM
Dien Rice Dien Rice is offline
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Default Kid's books, and will physical books survive?

Originally Posted by Bozo View Post
So I checked out best sellers online, and found that six out of ten best sellers are either kid books, or aimed at the youth market.

Thinking it was just because of the Christmas season, I found a calendar on that page that lets you check for past week's best sellers list. In June 2011, the same was true. Six out of ten best sellers were for kids or youth.

This could be handy information for aspiring authors.
Hi Bozo,

Thanks for the "heads up" on that!

I've wondered (as many others have) how (or if) regular bookstores will "survive"...

As many people know, the Borders book chain closed this year. I loved Borders!

However, the trend seems to be going against bookstores... As people buy more and more books in "electronic" form...

(Dien puts his hand up.) I'm guilty as charged, too!

I love my ebooks... But I also love bookstores. What a dilemma!

I hope that bookstores survive... Though I'm not optimistic... I think they may survive as "specialty" stores (kind of like the way you can still by LP records, in specialty stores, if you want them)...

However, one class of bookstores have done alright - and that's bookstores that focus on children's books!

When you think about it, a physical children's book can offer things an ebook can't - such as textures right in the book, for example. Or pop-ups!

Ebooks can offer new things, too (like animations, or music). However, I think "real" printed kid's books will survive, since they do offer things that ebooks can't...

Maybe other "physical" books should do the same? E.g. When you read Huckleberry Finn, you should be able to feel in the book some of the mud from the banks of the Mississippi river!

I came across another advantage of "real" books the other day - which is the resale value. Ebooks have no resale value (not legally, anyway)! On the other hand, if you buy a physical book, after you read it, you can sell it and get some of your money back (if you want to do that)...

Anyway, just a few "musings" on the topic of "real" books!

Best wishes,


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