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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Vaya Con Dios, Davis Kidd

All you Nash-Vegas ex-pats will be sad to hear about the passing of a much beloved institution, the best place to peruse books that the city ever knew or ever will. So long, old friend. Once you moved to the mall, we knew it was over. The magic might have been gone, but at least the memory was alive. A great story about the demise is here.


At 5:26 AM, Blogger Number Three said...

This is pretty interesting. The strange thing is that more books are sold every year; it's not the loss of readers, it's a changing business model. The article makes pretty clear that Davis-Kidd was still profitable, and this just sounds like a bad business decision, not necessarily a sign of decline.

As an avid reader myself, however, I can't imagine buying books the old-fashioned way today. Not very often, at least. No on-line reader reviews?

At 9:52 AM, Blogger tenaciousmcd said...

I'd go even farther: it's less the business model than the perception of where the business model is going, a perception that may or may not be accurate. DK was profitable, but not, I guess, what it once was. Still, as the article establishes pretty well, that may just be the result of tone deaf business decisions by an out of town owner who didn't get the local market.

For my part, I'm actually still a pretty traditional book buyer. I'm much more likely to buy from a brick & mortar store than on line. And I dread the prospect of a Kindle-only future. But parenting cuts into my store time dramatically. It's just one more of the many pleasures that gets sacrificed to the daddy clock. Even when I get to a bookstore, I most likely have to carry or chase a kid around, seriously diminishing my ability to browse. I only hope that when the girls are old enough for me to enjoy bookstores again, there are still good bookstores for me to enjoy.


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