. . . that I owned a Kindle I would have told you I was done with the dead tree book. But the dew dried off that chandelier pretty quickly. I like to break the binding of a book, twist it, make highlights in it, to feel and touch the book and turn the page, not scroll. Apparently, I am not the only one:
Facing economic gloom and competition from cheap e-readers, brick-and-mortar booksellers entered this holiday season with the humblest of expectations. But the initial weeks of Christmas shopping, a boom time for the book business, have yielded surprisingly strong sales for many bookstores, which report that they have been lifted by an unusually vibrant selection; customers who seem undeterred by pricier titles; and new business from people who used to shop at Borders, the chain that went out of business this year.
Make no mistake: the e-readers are here to stay, but the dead tree book will be around for a while longer as well.