According to research carried out by Experian there were only 2,178 bookshops left in Britain's high streets this July. With supermarkets, the rise of internet retailers and the ever-growing popularity of e-readers nearly 2,000 bookshops have closed since 2005. - James Hall, The Telegraph (September 2011) Click HERE for full article.
Stark facts I know. So is it a good idea for Waterstone's (a big book retailer here in the UK and across Europe)to end its 3-for-2 book promotion?
Well it is according to new managing director James Daunt who said that the offer .....
"Goes completely against the grain of how I like buying books. We don't despoil our books by putting stickers on them."
A fair point Mr Daunt.
But its not all bad news as ........
The 206 store Waterstones business is now said to be looking at introducing money-off deals either pricing campaign books at £5 or introducing a 'staggered' offer for paperbacks at £3, £5 and £7. - Alison Flood, The Guardian (September 2011)Click HERE for full article.
But getting back to the internet being responsible for the closure of so many bookshops.
Its no secret that when it comes down to books I prefer the real deal, no e-books for me, thank you very much. No, I love to browse my local bookshop (which happens to be a Waterstone's), I love the smell of books, and there is nothing quite like opening the pages of a new book
Like many other households money is tight here in the Petty Witter household and whilst in an ideal world I'd love to be able to buy all of my book from Waterstone's or, better still, a local, independent store I confess that though Waterstone's also has books available to buy online it is cheaper to buy books from specialist online retailers such as Amazon. Plus of course buying this way also has the advantage that the book(s) are delivered straight to the door - a big plus for someone with mobility problems.
So, What do you think of the 3-for-2 offer and how do you prefer to buy your books?