It was thought when eBooks first came out, that there would be a drastic decline in the sales of paper books and that has proven to be true in some instances. However, recent statistics have found that independent bookstores in New Zealand are actually going from strength to strength in a number of ways.
Many people (especially the younger generation) absolutely love Ekor Bookshop and Cafe which is located in Wellington. The owner of this store said that eBooks were talked about briefly amongst customers but it was more of a short term hype that didn’t last for very long. The reason for this is not entirely known, although it is thought that younger people like the authentic bookstore experience. Bookstores can be quite a calming environment and this is quite appealing in the often busy days that many of us have to experience. Students often like visiting bookstores for both reading materials and liteature to read for fun. There is nothing quite like turning the pages of an exciting book and many people even report liking the smell of the pages.
Although the majority of eBooks are cheaper than physical books, they are not as cheap as they used to be and you also need to keep in mind that an actual reader device has to be purchased in conjunction to any books. There are many independent bookstores in New Zealand and they are as popular, if not MORE popular than ever before.
Many bookstores of this kind have extra features like cafes, which is another reason why they are so popular. Many people come to these bookstores as a social gathering as they meet up and read with friends. Although the future of bookstores is not entirely certain, one thing is for sure – they are not leaving the market anytime soon.