Walter Potter maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET
Sun May 4 16:26:46 EDT 2008

I knew the death of brick and mortar stores specializing in certain 
types of merchandise was coming but it is shocking to actually see it 
happening. One thing that changes beyond the obvious is browsing. Sure, 
it can be done on the Web in a way. Just search in Google or go to a 
site like Amazon and start following interesting links. But nothing 
beats finding something interesting and new in the bins. I don't know 
how many times I got into something new musically because I just 
stumbled across it in the store.

I like physical copies of books and CDs. I've bought some music online 
and would be more interested if they would offer more of it in lossless 
format instead of MP3s. I have bought some electronic books, mainly 
computer related books. But with those I'm not expecting to read cover 
to cover but to look up specific things and the electronic versions are 
easily searchable. For a novel I'd rather have the paper version.

I'm somewhat interested in buying a Sony Reader for electronic books. 
I've played with one and they are pretty nice. But there are drawbacks 
that Sony hasn't addressed in their current model, its too limited and 
it costs too much. But maybe the next version will be more to my liking.

Son Lewis wrote:
> Actually, from what I read, Borders is on the brink of complete economic  
> collapse, so while this may be a sign of the industry "in general" it's more  
> likely you are viewing the last gasps of your local Borders as they waddle  
> toward bankruptcy.
> Barnes & Noble, by me in Morris Plains NJ, appears to be doing quite  nicely 
> and although their "music department" is now primarily DVD's (of all  types) 
> and their is absolutely NO dedicated Blues section.
> Son  Lewis
> Blues Vocalist/Guitarist
> In a message dated 5/4/2008 2:05:06 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
> maxdog-blues-l@COMCAST.NET writes:
> All  over. I guess 
> this is just the sign of the times while the music business  shifts its 
> methodology. Still its sad  ...
> _ ( 

Keep on keepin' on ...

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