I was just in a bookstore that was closing with everything 50% off. By the time I got there the selection was pretty small, but I still got away with a couple of finds. But this got me to thinking that bookstores selling new books on paper are going to be obsolete in my lifetime.
Suppose I was the entrepreneurial go-getter type (which I am not ) and I decided that what the world needs is a new type of bookstore - the e-bookstore in a physical location. Could that possibly work?
- You have a sample of all the e-book readers readily available, with staff to explain the basics of how they work. The sample e-book readers on display have several books that you can look at, to give the customers an idea of the advantages / disadvantages of using that particular e-book reader.
- In the store are new computers with large monitors, with a browser home page listing all the places you can get e-books, including free e-books like at the Gutenberg project. You can browse for free or you can buy books online and transfer it to your book reader in the store.
- You would have ads advertising new books, with new titles being listed prominently (posters in store, widescreen displays hanging on the wall showing websites or pictures of new book covers.)
- You would (of course) have a coffee shop in the corner with chairs and tables so people could chat.
Would there be any way to make such a store profitable? Any reasons anyone would go visit it?