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As a parent, I fondly remember browsing bookstores with my children. We probably went there with a specific book in mind, one required for school, but ended up taking our time exploring all the tomes available. Though bookstores remain, too often, parents simply buy books online–digitally or print, doesn’t matter–and miss out on that opportunity to discover new worlds.
That’s why when Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Alex Mitchell, suggested this article–The Future of Physical Bookstores in The Digital Age–I said yes almost before reading it. You’ll find Alex has written a thoughtful analysis of what’s going on with physical bookstores in an ebook era:
The Future of Physical Bookstores in the Digital Age
Brick and mortar bookstores have been a dying breed in recent years. It seems every time we turn around another handful of locations are closing.
When Amazon released the Kindle in 2007 authors began to see the end of times. Worries about cheap, sometimes poorly edited, and often over-saturated eBook markets seemed like they would be the death of the printed word. Another supposed threat to the print book is torrenting and online downloads of materials.
However, in recent years it seems that print books have been selling better and better.
It is surprising, then, that many noted names in the book industry have been hit hard in recent years. People have noticed that there has been a slump in sales for Barnes and Noble, and the company has closed many locations. Additionally, the popular entertainment store Hasting’s was bought and liquidated in 2016 after failing to gain investors during their bankruptcy protection period.
Since I’m a huge proponent of digital textbooks, I thought I’d share an infographic with you (compliments of OnlineCollege.org). What’s not to like about books that:
- can be constantly updated
- are interactive
- offer lots of resources
- provide supporting documentation for everything they include
Have you written a book? Or do you–like 62% of people–have a book inside of you fighting to find a place in the world? Do you think the only place you can sell your books is Amazon Kindle? Did you try to publish through ISTE and get rejected? Same story with every other publisher/agent you contacted, so you’ve self-published and now wonder what to do next?
If you write tech books–fiction or non-fiction–or run an online tech ed class, there’s a new marketplace available at Structured Learning. It seems to be a hybrid of Amazon, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Alibris. You pay a set-up fee and a monthly maintenance fee, but get all proceeds of your sales. They don’t even handle the money–it goes to a store you’ve designated for that purpose.
The set-up fee includes review of your book, comments to improve it, and set-up requirements so it meets the layout standards of products sold on the website. For example, if you want to sell a historic fiction book, this wouldn’t be the right place, but if you have tech fiction for K-8, it would. Does that make sense?
What types of books are they looking for? Here are some categories:
- anything to help teachers with Common Core
- books for beginning teachers
- how to integrate tech into classrooms
- flipped classrooms
- digital citizenship