Like Tess, I missed most of THIS. (Thanking the powers that be for small mercies.) I wish I could say that I find this surprising, but I don’t. The online community seems to become rabid when things don’t fall in line with their thinking. I don’t think that the editors are wrong. I actually agree with them, if you go by households that have computers, etc. The largest percentage of books are still purchased in stores (ie Wal-mart, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powell’s, etc.). Is that changing? Yes, as more and more people venture online this will definitely change, BUT it’s not there yet. There are still a lot of people who don’t have a computer and even more who won’t buy anything online for fear of theft. Until those people are reached, the majority of sales will fall to the stores.
May 24th, 2009