Twitter used to be IRC
Blogs used to be Yahoo GeoCities of 'genre-ish' personal websites
Facebook was myspace - ok well those are similar except myspace was janky ;)
The difference was an increase in the level of professionalism in the platform. The ideas were stepped up a notch.
That will be blogging. I don't know how but that's what I see, and increased level of professionalism in both the content and the platform (the platform will allow all of us hobbybloggers to continue with reviews and gushing book love like we do now.)
ASK THE EXPERT SECTION
So what would I like to know??
My readers this week may have heard me say there is no bookstore in my burg. We are 6K strong. And the nearest bookstore - indie or otherwise- is 30 miles away.
Would I be crazy to think that empty storefront downtown with good parking would make a good bookstore like this one...with some cash and some elbow grease?
I was told 'oh a bookstore would never go'. Yet EVERYONE I know reads. And I believe that a store wont go...but thats the trouble with this hamlet...they open their doors and sit there. waiting for people to come in. And bemoan the industry when People don't.
I believe you have introduce a Book Culture and engage the People with their preexisting love of books.
My HUGE fear???? How can indies compete in the digital pub arena? Are publishers going to license to them?? I could make a fortune helping the elders of the town whos kids got them kindles for mother's day at a dollar a pop to get them the latest download. Better still if the bookstore had the access to the d/l for a couple less bucks.
Just a though, but it's been on my mind often lately.