Feb 5 2014
Even as e-readers are becoming more common, we’re seeing an increasing number of people buying books. It’s encouraging for those that have been concerned about the general decline in book sales over time, but certain mainstream shows and films are drawing people back to the medium, including their ink-and-paper forms. However, we’re also seeing more people buying them online than ever before, through sources like HMHCo.com and elsewhere. The following are three reasons this is a great idea.
First up is cost. Books made available online are almost always less expensive, which is good news for shoppers on a budget, or those that like to invest in stacks of books at a time.
Availability is another key factor. Used books used to be available almost exclusively through tiny used bookstores. Finding a copy of the book you wanted could often become a matter of luck or connections, and building connections for rare used books is not the easiest thing if you don’t run a use bookstore yourself. The web puts those selling rare books in touch with the people buying.
Finally, you can count on convenience. Book stores in real life are not often located conveniently, either attached to huge strip malls or tucked away with department stores that are always busy and crowded. Shopping online lets you avoid the crowds and hassle and just find what you want with maximum ease. You can even shop for books in your pajamas. As the years go by, there are fewer and fewer reasons not to look for your books online.