Books Vs. Nooks: Some Valley Residents Going Digital
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 01:36:09 GMT —
Earlier this week, Border filed for bankruptcy, and as reading becomes more and more digital, some people worry that books will be a thing of the past.
With the click of a button you can have thousands of books at your fingertips.
"It's the convenience factor," said Candice Trigo who has the Kindle application on her iPhone. "Whenever I have a chance to get in a quick read I have it just quickly on hand."
She said it's difficult to carry books around with a toddler and another one on the way.
"With two little ones, I'll never get any reading done," she said.
It's that convencience factot that has digital books gaining popularity and some bookstores hanging on by a thread.
Some said rows and rows of books could be a thing of the past soon, but Books-N-Things manager Vicki Metzker says not so fast.
"Eventually they may go by the wayside, but I'm hoping that somebody will have one hopefully in every town you'll see a little used bookstore," said Metzker.
She said she's afraid of what lies ahead as these Nooks and Kindles gain more popularity, but as long as bookstores have avid bookshoppers like Lois Kertesz, she's hopeful.
"I just love holding the paperback, and I imagine and feel the people that have read it before me," she said. "I like used books. I love the library."
Kertesz said she's not ready to go digital.
Instead, she enjoys the journey that lies ahead each time she's on a mission to find a book off her 'list.'
"It's just kind of fun to read because there's a trail," she said.
As Kertesz follows the trail down a row of books she admits all of this could be a thing of the past.
"I'm sure books somewhere, I don't think in my lifetime, but I think down the road it will all be digital," said Kertesz.
Meanwhile, bookstores like Books-N-Things are hanging on tight for the digital ride hoping their low prices and the hunt for the next good book can compete with the digital convenience.