David Kubicek

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Australia’s Minister for Small Business Predicts Demise of General Bookstores


Nick Sherry, Australia’s Minister for Small Business, said he believes that within five years online shopping will effectively kill general bookstores, and only specialty bookstores in major cities will remain. This prediction upset lots of people, especially since the Minister made the statement at an event that was designed to encourage small businesses to expand their online footprints.

As you may know, I predicted in an earlier post that ebooks eventually would phase out paper books. But the Minister is not suggesting that people will stop buying paper books; he’s saying they’ll buy their books online.

I think five years is pushing it, whether for phasing out paper books or bookstores. Although people are buying more and more merchandise online, changes this radical happen slowly. I’d give it 50 to 100 years. The younger generation, those youthful whippersnappers who grew up using computers (like my son, Sean, who was computer savvy before he entered kindergarten) will drive this change. Five years seems awful quick. Fifty to 100 years will give society the time it needs to adjust.

For more about reaction to the Minister’s announcement, read the Sydney Morning Herald article.

 

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3 thoughts on “Australia’s Minister for Small Business Predicts Demise of General Bookstores

  1. I think he’s right. It’s so much more convenient to shop online, especially the ebooks. You order, click, pay, donwload, done. We like things fast and instant, after all 😉

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  2. That’s true. I prefer to shop online (especially for ebooks and software that I can download immediately). No searching for a parking space in an overcrowded lot. No waiting in long lines at the cash register. And if you shop on sights you trust, no greater chance of identity theft than if you use your card in a brick-and-mortar store. Cool!

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