And then the store manager adds " [. . .] we can sell it to you in other formats, some of which could be ready for downloading by the time you get home. How would you like it?"
Is that even possible?
In fact it is imperative that bookstores, if they want to survive and thrive, also distribute books in multiple formats, including digital content.
With books increasingly available in multiple formats -- among them digital "e-books" and audio versions downloadable to your iPod -- what's to prevent people from bypassing brick-and-mortar bookstores entirely, further undercutting enterprises already under pressure from online competitors?The Caravan Project -- a tiny, experimental venture is just what might help brick-and-mortar bookstores survive.