Might Book Stores Offer Self Publishing On Demand?

Book stores are looking for ways to compete, or at least co-exist with online digital delivery.

Among some of the experiments that stores are trying include selling e-books at the store, focusing on the communal aspect of book stores, and hosting more author appearances and events. And some stores are actually doing well despite the e-reader boon.

As measured by numbers, bookstores are in inevitable decline, says Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch, a digital newsletter. At the same time, he says, some “modestly sized, locally connected independent stores have found a successful formula” for surviving in today’s market. ..

Cader sees room for bookstores to experiment with digital-delivery kiosks, on-demand printing and self-publishing services: “Maybe we’ll come to think of them as reading stores, or readers’ stores, or publishing stores, or idea stores, more than simply bookstores.”

Read the whole article at USA Today.

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