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Lately I've been browsing around in Cheapo/Booksmart after having my morning coffee - kind of just something to do before I hit the gym. Years ago, I used to hit Cheapo and a few of the bookstores around here every Saturday.

Today, I got the tiniest feeling that I was in an antique shop. Part of this is because Cheapo consolidated everything on the first floor, so you're surrounded by cassettes, records, VHS tapes, etc. But really, everything just seemed old. (OTOH, I bought Neal Karlen's Augie's Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip at Magers & Quinn and didn't get this feeling at all. And I never get this feeling at the Electric Fetus, either.)

I recently put all my CDs into boxes (carefully labeled and alphabetized, of course) and realized I'll probably never get rid of them (other than routine maintenance - filtering out a couple here and there, etc). There's a pretty good collection of books I can't see myself getting rid of, either.

That said, why? Once you have unlimited access to whatever you've purchased in digital form, which takes up no space and is generally more convenient, what's the point? As an experiment, I got rid of my collection of Anne Rice vampire books and bought them all for my Kindle; I decided to do this after seeing they were all available as a bundle. I don't miss the physical books at all. The one I DID keep was a limited edition signed copy of Interview with the Vampire my mom got me for my birthday.

I don't know where I'm going with this, other than I don't think bookstores and record stores will be around forever, and that's kind of sad. Not sad like OH YOU KIDS DON'T EVEN KNOW, just kind of a poignant reminder that things change and all you're left with are memories.


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May. 31st, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Weird that you would get the feeling at Cheapo and not other places. Seems like it has more to do with the retailer? I suspect that bookstores will fade, but probably not entirely in our lifetime. Libraries have been around a long, long time.
Jun. 1st, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, I haven't quite pinned that down. Cheapo looks a bit like a garage sale - presentation is probably part of it. Whereas Magers & Quinn is aesthetically pleasing, they have regular book signing/author reading events, etc.

Honestly, if Cheapo lived up to its name it'd be WAY more attractive. Ten bucks for a used CD from 1999? PLEASE. :-[
Jun. 4th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Man I am never getting rid of my books or CDs.
Jun. 7th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Me neither, for the most part.
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