Closer to the Death of Print: Barnes & Noble opens e-book store

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Barnes and Noble, the happiest place on earth according to me, has finally done it – they’ve opened an e-book store. Move over Kindle, you have competition.

With 700,000 titles and growing, the company is offering 500,000 of those for FREE via a partnership with Google Books.

My biggest concern, which is more like a question – does this mean another nail on the coffin that reads “Print is Dead?”

I hope not.

I spoke about this before, but as time progresses, ever so quickly, books – their ravishing scents, delicate pages and inky notes are becoming obsolete.

Pretty Books by Penguin Classics UK

Soon, I gather, there will be no such thing as high-priced ‘antique’ books. I foresee books on the whole, being ‘antique’ eventually.

How sad.

What does this new venture by Barnes & Noble mean for the future of publishing and literary retail? Does this equate the eventual end of the ‘midnight book parties?’

You can visit their new e-store here.

 

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima.

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Comments

  1. Chris Jones says:

    I just don't think print books will die. I'm certainly going to keep buying them, e-books or not. Heck, I'm going to write them and publish them, too, if I can. Without that print copy, authors are going to be much less likely to produce, trust me. Most of us are already online in “print”, but we can't set our book next to Gaiman and Clarke and Rowling and Shakespeare on our shelves. We want that.

    Here's to print.

  2. Aww! But there's nothing like being able to sit back and enjoy a book with a drink in hand in the comfort of your own home. And I'm not talking about reading off some digital screen!

  3. I know!

    I love the feel of holding a REAL book. I mean the new venture seems really
    cool, but still, thinking of what's to come makes me sad 🙁

  4. Oh I agree. I love print books.

    I'll never get fed up of going to used book shops and finding things. Have
    you ever been to PaperBack Swap online?
    Give me your email and I can send you an e-vite 🙂

  5. Chris Jones says:

    I just don't think print books will die. I'm certainly going to keep buying them, e-books or not. Heck, I'm going to write them and publish them, too, if I can. Without that print copy, authors are going to be much less likely to produce, trust me. Most of us are already online in “print”, but we can't set our book next to Gaiman and Clarke and Rowling and Shakespeare on our shelves. We want that.

    Here's to print.

  6. Aww! But there's nothing like being able to sit back and enjoy a book with a drink in hand in the comfort of your own home. And I'm not talking about reading off some digital screen!

  7. I know!

    I love the feel of holding a REAL book. I mean the new venture seems really
    cool, but still, thinking of what's to come makes me sad 🙁

  8. Oh I agree. I love print books.

    I'll never get fed up of going to used book shops and finding things. Have
    you ever been to PaperBack Swap online?
    Give me your email and I can send you an e-vite 🙂

  9. Chris Jones says:

    I just don't think print books will die. I'm certainly going to keep buying them, e-books or not. Heck, I'm going to write them and publish them, too, if I can. Without that print copy, authors are going to be much less likely to produce, trust me. Most of us are already online in “print”, but we can't set our book next to Gaiman and Clarke and Rowling and Shakespeare on our shelves. We want that.

    Here's to print.

  10. Aww! But there's nothing like being able to sit back and enjoy a book with a drink in hand in the comfort of your own home. And I'm not talking about reading off some digital screen!

  11. I know!

    I love the feel of holding a REAL book. I mean the new venture seems really

    cool, but still, thinking of what's to come makes me sad 🙁

  12. Oh I agree. I love print books.

    I'll never get fed up of going to used book shops and finding things. Have

    you ever been to PaperBack Swap online?

    Give me your email and I can send you an e-vite 🙂