From Bricks and Mortar Bookstores to Online Bookstores

bookstoreBooks have been around for a long time. They help educate, are fun to read, can make people laugh or make them cry. They can leave people hanging on the edge of their seat becuase they can’t wait to find out what happens next. They can also cause people to stay up later at night than what they should, because they can’t quit reading a good story.

In the early day, stories were handwritten manuscripts that the author would sell to whoever could buy them. Generally, only the wealthiest of people could afford to buy these one of a kind manuscripts.

Then, along came the printing press,in the 15th century. This equipment allowed hardcover and softcover stories to be to sold to people of all socioeconomic levels. Many print shops sold the stories, and served as the first bookstore. Many printerys also marketed and sold textbooks at universities and colleges.

Beginning in the 19th century, print shops stopped selling and began to focus stricktly on printing. Printerys began to sell directly to a bookstore. This was the beginning of stores opening up across the United States. Bookstores were usually tiny shops that were filled with bookshelves. They only sold stories and the most popular ones were displayed at the entrance of the stores to capture the shoppers attention. Posters were also hung to advertise new stories. School age children would save up their allowance in order to buy a something published by their favorite author. Adults would mill through bookstores to find just the right one to read on vacation, while sitting at the poolside, or at home on a rainy day.

Along came the technological movement. Suddenly, in 2005, people began purchasing and reading on their electronic devices. Electronic books, or E-books began replacing hard cover and soft cover stories. Now, people can simply order something to read on their electronic device and avoid even leaving their home to be able to read.

Today, the question people are wondering about,is if books and bookstores will slowly fade from existence, in exchange for digital versions? Although this may someday happen, there are currently enough people who like the feel and smell of holding a storybook and turning its pages, that may keep bookstores alive a while longer. Bookshops have also responded to recent changes. They have broadened their sales to go beyond only selling paperbacks. Modern day bookshops offer coffee, music sales, food, and other items. Many shops also have comfortable chairs and sofas to encourage customers to feel at home and curl up with a book or two. Their employees give customers undivided attention and help with any reading needs. Bookshops have become an oasis in the midst of a busy stressful world.