According to the New York Daily News: (whole article)
There is still a glimmer of hope for the Bronx because B&N management claims to be looking for new rental space somewhere in the area, and promises to reopen as soon as possible. I'm left wondering, however, what this really means. Is this a glimpse into the future for all of us living in mid-to-large cities across the country? Are e-books, smart phones, instant digital downloads, and multi-purpose tablets on the verge of changing the publishing industry forever?
Will those of us (and I truly wish there were more of us) who prefer reading the physical books we find by browsing the shelves of brick and mortar bookstores forever lose what we consider to be one of life's greatest pleasures?
Twenty years ago I never suspected that old fashioned record stores were on the verge of disappearing - nor how badly I would miss them when they did. It all seemed to happen so suddenly, but in retrospect, we should have seen it coming. I fondly remember the countless Saturday mornings I spent in record stores flipping through the stacks and listening to new music. I discovered dozens and dozens of new artists that way, performers I would have otherwise probably never heard of. And I still use bookstores that way: to identify new writers and books and to keep up with what's newly published and what's in, or soon to be in, the book pipeline.
What is going to happen when the last bookstore shuts its doors? Electronic browsing of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Apple Books just doesn't work the same way. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry fancies himself a writer and, by the time I wade through all the garbage they have self-published, I am in no mood (nor do I have the time) to find the needles, the good stuff, in that giant haystack of crap.
Bookless in the Bronx? God help us all...