This has been one of the busiest few days that I have experienced in a long time, meaning that I have not even been able to visit my own website since last Friday. I was relieved to see that the Blogger folks had not misplaced it this time while I had my back turned. As a result of what so far seems to have been the successful removal of the cataracts on her left eye on Thursday morning, my wife has been unable to drive. That means that, in addition, to getting her back to the surgeon's office for follow-up exams and in preparation for this Thursday's surgery on the right eye, I've been running errands and carting grandkids around. Enough said.
I dropped by my local Barnes and Noble for a few minutes on Saturday morning and was disappointed to see that all the comfortable seating the chain previously provided for customers is long gone. This is so wrongheaded of Barnes & Noble management that I don't even know where to begin. Rather than spend an hour or two browsing the store, I lasted about twenty-five minutes before my back began bothering me and I put my three potential purchases back on the shelf because I couldn't face standing an additional ten minutes in line. What is B&N thinking? Traditional shoppers and book lovers are already getting the message from those guys that the Nook is where they want to take the chain and that traditional books are not all that important to them anymore. If you don't believe me, just look at all the wasted open space completely surrounding the huge Nook displays that slap you in the face when you walk into one of the stores. Personally, I am insulted that Barnes & Noble is trying to push me out the door so that I will shop via my computer rather than browsing for a while. Stupid, stupid, stupid...but when you have no brick & mortar competition, you can get away with stupid for a while. But only for a while, B&N, because you are quickly alienating people like me who have supported you for years.
Pat Bertram, a writer I follow over on Goodreads, has an interesting piece there about some of the unintended consequences of the literary world's rush toward digitalization. Pat has been brilliantly posting about the grieving experience she has been enduring, but this piece is a bit different. I'll let its title lure you in - if you find it intriguing, just click on this link: Is a Salinger-Like Reclusiveness a Viable Option in Today's Book World?
Speaking of Goodreads, I don't know if you will be able to read the post I've linked to unless you are a member with a password - if not, do yourself a favor and use this as the incentive to join the site. You will most definitely enjoy it. I find that Goodreads and LibraryThing are not so redundant that I have to have only one or the other. Both sites have features that I enjoy and offer benefits not available on the other site. So it's a win-win situation, if you can spare the time, to belong to both of them.