Over the past several months, I've had many (many!) talks about the book industry with novices and experts alike. When I tell people I'm opening an independent bookstore, even the most excited approach the topic of ebooks with hesitation. "What about ebooks?" is the vague question I'm often met with, and until recently, I've had to tell people that I'm hoping to sell ebooks but am not quite sure how it'll work.
Now the groundwork for my ebook selling has been laid. According to yesterday's article in the American Booksellers Association (ABA) newsletter, Bookselling This Week, many ABA member stores are already able to sell more than 220,000 ebooks directly from their websites. What thrilling news for independent bookstores and their customers!
(image of Sony eReader from http://theguybrarian.files.wordpress.com)