Question of the Day: Are Books a Dead Business?

With Borders announcing their imminent closure this week, we ask — do you think books are dead?

North Fork Patch reported this week on and close its Riverhead facility. We also featured a spotlight on in Greenport — a tiny but longstanding independent bookstore that seems to be adjusting to the times without one Kindle on its shelves.

So what do you think? Do you think books as we know them (the ones made with paper and ink) will stick around for a while? Or do you think it's just a matter of time before words on paper will disappear completely and literary types will have to rely solely on electronics to read?

Feel free to comment in the boxes below.

Rebecca Hoey July 22, 2011 at 04:14 PM
I absolutely hope that books are not a dead business for many reasons! One being that reading from an actual book was always one of the most enjoyable things that I shared with my daughter when she was younger. Nowadays we love reading together. Books are irreplaceable!
Degg July 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM
A Kindle smells like plastic, a book smells like a book.
Erin Schultz July 23, 2011 at 02:02 PM
I wonder if they could make an app that would make your Kindle smell like whatever book you're reading?
Kate July 23, 2011 at 02:42 PM
I still prefer an actual paper book. And I still prefer to peruse a local book store, for the feel, the look, and the first-hand recommendations from a knowledgeable seller, as opposed to scrolling thru lists online. Too bad so many people don't understand that shops are not display cases for online stores. There is a relationship btwn purchasing a book (or anything else, for that matter) from an independent shop, and the pleasure of being in an actual town. Shopping at independently-owned stores supports the local businesses and helps our precious communities stay alive.
Dawn Betke July 23, 2011 at 02:53 PM
I think if someone was to care enough to download such an app then they likely wouldn't be reading the book on a Kindle to begin with ;-)


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