So, Davis-Kidd is closing and people are bummed. I, personally, am not bummed. I know this is because of my deprived childhood, but we didn’t have bookstores nearby. If we went to the mall, I might sometimes get to go into B. Dalton or Waldenbooks, but I could rarely buy anything because that’s what the library was for.
Fair enough. Though I got plenty of books as presents, so someone was driving into the “city” to get them.
And, I’ll admit, I loved the big box bookstores when they came into being. I mean, I am pretty sure the first time I walked into a Barnes & Noble, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
And then there was Amazon.com.
You didn’t have to go anywhere to get books. You just came home, no matter where in the United States home was, and there they were.
And now, you don’t even have to go home. You can just pull your iPhone out of your pocket.
Granted, no author is going to make an author appearance on your iPhone, but damn, it’s amazing.
It’s sad that Davis-Kidd is closing. But the reason why is a pretty spectacular life improvement for a lot of people.