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Old 05-28-2018, 05:57 PM
 
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I stopped going there as soon as I started Ebooks on Kindle. While I enjoy the feel of a book, they take up a ton of room. When I moved I took over 400 books to goodwill. I have all my books on a iPad. Takes up the space of a typical car magazine
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Old 05-28-2018, 07:33 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Even Jean Luc Picard had physical books in addition to his Space Kindle pad thing.
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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Even Jean Luc Picard had physical books in addition to his Space Kindle pad thing.
Merely collectibles, on his part, just like many have a physical portrait instead relying on a device and the cloud storage to show the mass of their photo galleries.

Besides they have replicators that can just dial up a paper book on demand, unless the Enterprise is running from the Borg and can't spare those limited resources for their future 3d printer.
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Merely collectibles, on his part, just like many have a physical portrait instead relying on a device and the cloud storage to show the mass of their photo galleries.

Besides they have replicators that can just dial up a paper book on demand, unless the Enterprise is running from the Borg and can't spare those limited resources for their future 3d printer.
Picard had a collection of books, and put them to use, as demonstrated in more than one episode.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snbGOCdM1Ks
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Old 05-29-2018, 05:28 AM
 
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Picard had a collection of books, and put them to use, as demonstrated in more than one episode.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snbGOCdM1Ks
Just like we all will have when we all have a 3D printer in our homes to match the Enterprise's replicator and decide to print out a book on paper, pay the environmental sinners tax, instead of just reading it on a screen.
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:44 AM
 
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what a lot of people don't seem to appreciate is how gratifying an experience it is to those of us who seek knowledge to simply browse through actual pockets/spines of books.
You're part of the problem. Too many browsers. Not enough buyers.

I often visited the Santa Monica B&N. The aisles were crowded, especially on weekends. People sitting on chairs, along the window sills, on the floors. People spreading out their schoolwork, books, notebooks, laptops on the floors. Taking up aisle space with their huge backpacks.

It was one big hangout place.

At the same time, I noticed that only one cash register was open. And half the time, there wasn't a single customer on line. A packed store -- three floors -- and nobody buying books.

Even worse, many of the "new" books on the shelves were dog-eared, smudged, and stained from all that "browsing." Such books were less likely to sell, and were thus returned to the publishers, losing a sale for the bookstore, publisher, and author.

And if anyone, from all that browsing, did find a book they wanted to own, they were more likely to go home and buy it on Amazon, to save money.

Those who love bookstores need to stop browsing, and start buying.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:25 AM
 
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Yeah, given how much money your typical bougie Santa Monica dweller spends on utter nonsense, you'd think they wouldn't mind spending a few bucks more to keep the local bookstore in business.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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Yeah, given how much money your typical bougie Santa Monica dweller spends on utter nonsense, you'd think they wouldn't mind spending a few bucks more to keep the local bookstore in business.
Yeah maybe they don’t have money left after spending $4000 a month on small apartments or $2 million for a small house .

But I get the feeling the Promenade is mostly tourists especially these days . Mostly European and Asian it seems. Rents are so high now that it’s mostly only chain stores that can afford the leases.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Amazon...
yep, I have to admit we haven't been in a Barnes and Noble for years since we discovered Amazon. I think our closest one has closed as well.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I stopped going there as soon as I started Ebooks on Kindle. While I enjoy the feel of a book, they take up a ton of room. When I moved I took over 400 books to goodwill. I have all my books on a iPad. Takes up the space of a typical car magazine
You may already know but you can loan /download ebooks in kindle format from LAPL , they also have a ton of audiobooks too . For the newer or more popular titles sometimes you have to wait on a hold list but there is a lot available .
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