Barry Eisler foresees the time, coming soon, when the clerk at your bookstore will print a copy of any book you want at a POD station. Distribution is no longer an issue. What will this do to the book business?
Publishers won’t need their sales forces. Price will become less important. Selection won’t be an issue because every book will be available at every store. Retailers will become publishers — something we already see at Borders and B&N. Eisler wrote three articles on the subject. The first one is here.
My question is: what will bookstores look like in this new world? Won’t they still shelve books for the many buyers who want to browse? Who want to hold the book in their hands?