"Smoke is in the air now
It's been spreading just like wild-fire all over town
Everybody wants to get in on the latest thing
Going down to the bookstore - burn that mother down
Somebody has to do what's right
Fahrenheit four fifty-one
Burning black and white "
As Borders stores start closing across America, I can't help but wonder if the same thing that has happened to the music industry is happening to the book industry.
Namely, the replacement of the physical product with a digital product.
As the iPod killed the CD, will the reader kill the book?
Magazines and newspapers are hurting, and now bookstores are starting to feel the pinch.I'm curious how the writers who are participating in the A to Z blogfest feel about this.
As you know, I am very much against the idea of all-digital music, and a lot of iPod owners don't seem to get why.
I like the physican product-the packaging, the booklet.
I feel the same way about books-there's something about feeling the paper that a reader can't give me.
Don't get me wrong-iPods and readers have their value when it comes to portability.
But how would this group, as writers, feel if the only outlet for your words was digital?
I'd be interested in your thoughts.