Darwinist Consumerism: What’s the most ethical way to buy books?, excellent article.
Books are dying. What are you gonna do about it, punk?
Andy Ihnatko really hits the nail on the head with this one. I also love books and book stores. But I also rarely shop there anymore, and post-Kindle/iPad, I actually rarely buy paper books. I wouldn't like a world without book stores, particularly ones with a café, but... ??
I am hoping that this will be one of the times when whatever replaces the thing, though different, is as nice or perhaps even better.
One of the first comments Andy's article got was:
"An interesting article from a guy who writes books for a living."
... Apparently trying to pile additional guilt on top of the guilt that Andy already has bravely admitted to in the article. Actually I think that it's to Andy's great commendation that his first and biggest thought is not "how can I save my job" but rather "how can I save this culture I love".