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When I went on tour for Farm Girl one of the bookstore owners at a local shop in Hastings, Nebraska said that Amazon had really hurt his business. That was 4 years ago. I'm not sure his store is even still in business. Again, it's Amazon. Think Kindle. Think ebooks. Think free enterprise system. Think video rental stores-- Redbox, Netflicks. Anyone been to Hollywood Video lately?
Yes it's sad when your favorite bookstore closes. (I'm hoping our Borders is one that stays.) But is anyone really that surprised? It's been happening to the little guys for some time, and apparently the big box bookstores are not immune either.
So this makes me wonder what other huge changes are in the works for the publishing industry in the very near future? Agents quitting? Publishers closing their doors? The Big Six going POD? What do you think-- predictions anyone?