True or not?
Albert Mohler's comments on the demise of brick-and-mortar bookstores begins,
Mohler does an especially good job of explaining what physical bookstores do for us:
Call me optimistic—call me naïve if you will—but I cannot believe that bookstores are going the way of tack shops and livery stables. There has to be some kind of viable commercial value proposition in the kind of experiences Mohler describes here. It may look different than what we're used to, but then, thirty-five years ago, who knew that bookstore/coffee shops would pop up in almost every shopping mall?
The alternative, should physical bookstores go extinct, would be a continued fragmentation of exposure; a limiting of our awareness of the rest of the world. When I shop Amazon.com, I do not walk past the feminist studies aisle on my way to the John Piper book I came for. There are no New Age titles on the screen next to Christian theology. Amazon.com helpfully informs us "People who bought this book also bought…." It never tell us,"If you really want to think that topic through, you might also want to read these contrary perspectives." You could wander in and out of there all week and hardly even realize there are contrary perspectives.
What do you think? Is there a future for physical book stores? If so, then in what form? Will there be another new concept melded with book sales, as coffee shops were in the past few decades? Will book stores become more elitist? More regional (and possibly even larger? Will they morph into some other new form? Or will they just disappear?