Post of the Week: Visit an Un-Digital Book Store
Is it just me, or does it seem like physical book stores are getting lost in the digital shuffle lately?
As I was driving home the other day I thought about what a bummer it would be to lose some of my favorite book stores: Schuler Books and Pooh’s Corner in Grand Rapids, MI and the award-winning McLean & Eakin in my hometown.
I’m writing a piece about the Kindle right now and one thing that’s readily apparent is that the book buying experience on digital devices ain’t good. It’s not that it’s difficult to actually purchase a book, but rather how books curated.
In e-book stores popular rises to the top. In physical book stores, people pick gems out of the pack. We need more of the latter.
Picture book author/illustrator Matthew Cordell recently wrote a post in praise of the picture book and the physical book store. He even took it a step further, asking folks to stop by their local independent and make a purchase.
About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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