An interesting article written by author Nicole Krauss. Does shopping online compare to walking through a bookstore, holding an elegant volume of vanilla-smelling paper in your hand? Caressing their spines, touching their glossy covers? Not to mention you get to see what the book looks and feels like before you buy it. You have the benefit of being around other lovers of books. Like, actual human interaction.
I used to get so excited walking into a bookstore I would have to detour my passage through the aisles and head right for the bathroom. Yes, that excited.
Now, I don't have a choice where and how to buy books and it makes me sad. Living in one of America's most remote communities by almost-chance, almost-fate circumstance, the nearest bookstore is about 2 and 1/2 to 3 hours away. I have to order books online because our 2 mile long town doesn't brag a bookstore. So I rely heavily on technology for books, but if I had a choice, I'd walk down the aisles.
The End Of Bookstores | The New Republic