August 25, 2011 03:46:41
Posted By Michelle Birbeck
I’ve been thinking a lot about my launch party for next year, and one of the things I will be doing is selling books, I mean, it’s a launch party, so books is a given. But I also know that a few of my friends have ereaders and will want ebooks. So I got to thinking, why can’t I sell them at the launch party, too? I’ve got a computer, it works well with USB sticks and memory cards. So why can’t I just use that?
Someone comes up to me, they want an ebook, I ask them which format, then load it straight onto a USB drive, or onto their memory card. They pay me, then go on their way, book in hand, or pocket. We’re all happy.
It also got me thinking, why have the shops not caught up with this? Am I the only one thinking that the shops should be doing this? Would it be that hard to walk up to the desk, hand over your USB—and let’s face it, is there anyone who doesn’t have a USB these days?—and then get your ebook. The shops would be selling books. Customers would be able to browse the paperbacks and then buy the ebook if they so wish.
Surely this is a win-win situation? I mean, come on! What store these days doesn’t have a computer? Small ones, but even the owners of small bookshops have computers they could use.
So in the age where ebooks are becoming the next big thing, and in fact may already be, why can’t I walk into a shop and buy one?