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