Government Minister predicts end of bookshops in five years. If only the same could be true for politians!

Will Bookshops be around in five years?

If only Boarders could reKindle their success

This is rather brazen don’t you think? Australian Federal Minister for Small Business, Nick Sherry, has predicted that bookshops will be a thing of the past in five years. I don’t know maybe he might be correct but wouldn’t that be a shame. Reading is so tactile, the audible whisper of the pages as you flick through, the browsing before buying or even hiding that book you are undecided on in the wrong section while you think about whether or not to buy. Oops is that just me?

Ten years ago the Internet was going to kill off travel agents within a couple of years. But it’s hard to get advice or try multiple itineraries with a computer. Even more irritating is to type in Fiji Holiday into Bing (ha ha just kidding like anyone uses that) and get Page 1 of 438. Too hard! Ever tried to read your newspaper on an iPad or Smartphone over eggs and coffee on Sunday morning – it just doesn’t cut it.

Regardless of what will happen to the poor olde Bookshop moving forward I think I’d prefer my tech soothsaying from a Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg than from a Politian at a podium.

Update:

Hmm…seems it’s not just me who thinks these comments a touch brash! An article from The Age Online.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/booksellers-outraged-over-ministers-predictions-20110614-1g15n.html

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4 thoughts on “Government Minister predicts end of bookshops in five years. If only the same could be true for politians!

  1. It’s a real shame to see Boarders and other retail book stores going out of business. The kindle and other e-readers have been doing serious harm to the industry. I’m sometimes afraid it’s the start of a Fahrenheit 411 scenario. Perhaps blogging is the future!

    • 200,000,000 (have I got my commas right) blogs can’t be wrong hey David. I was in our local Boarders and there was more shelf than any books on display. Just a carcass of a store. Very sad I reckon. Thanks for visiting mate!

  2. I don’t believe it would happen. People don’t understand how long it takes for stuff like that to change.
    P.S.
    iPad is probably the most annoying thing in this universe, after its creators.
    P.S.S.
    I use Bing.
    P.S.S.S.
    I would listen to Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg too.

    • Clearly Bing have gotten images right. They changed the game & Google have followed. Not just you using it either with it as default engine for Windows. Still a few tricks in the old Bill dog yet!

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