Since the first e-books became available to consumers, bibliophiles have fearfully imagined a future where books only exist on e-readers, tablets, and other electronic formats. But book lovers don’t need to despair just yet. According to the 2014 Nielson Books & Consumers survey, print books are still more popular than e-books; sales of physical books made up 67 percent of the book market in the first six months of 2014. In the U.K., bookstores are experiencing an increase in the sale of print books, and according to that 2014 Nielson Books survey, 10 percent of buyers learned about their book purchases by visiting a bookstore while another 12 percent said they discovered new titles via family and friends. Brick-and-mortar bookstores and the printed word are sticking around.
Although finding and buying e-books is more convenient and often faster than browsing for titles at bookstores, visiting a physical bookstore to find your next read is more satisfying. Many people learn through touch, the tactile experience of holding and reading a book gives readers a different experience than reading a book in another format. Readers can easily explore new books they might not notice if they only shopped for e-books; eye-catching covers and book titles on nearby shelves encourage people to check out something different. Bookstores are also a great place to socialize; you can hang out with friends or meet new people that share your reading interests. Some bookstores have a café or even a wine bar to encourage people to mingle and linger over the books. Other bookstores, especially independent bookstores, usually cater to local needs and interests by featuring events for the community such as book signings, children’s activities, book clubs, or book readings.
Locate a bookstore in your area using Real Local Pages (RLP). RLP is an online directory containing listings for thousands of businesses across the United States. Visit the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, to begin searching. Choose your city and state to narrow your search, then enter keywords like “bookstore” into the search box to find locations. Each business listing includes the address and phone number of the business for your convenience. Real Local Pages can be used to find a wide variety of businesses and services, from bookstores to flooring experts.