The numbers are in and e-commerce is again the big winner in the "where to buy books" category. The good news is that books are more widely available and that people are reading more than ever. The bad news is that traditional book outlets are drying up quickly because they can't compete with e-commerce.
The final say on whether an independent store rests with all of us who buy books. The question, then, is whether it's worth it to us to pay a little more to preserve the browsing experience.
Please join me for the rest of the story and the supporting details in today's WTC column. It's not all bad news.