George “Ace” Acevedo
1 min readJan 31, 2023

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The Washington Post just published a piece saying Barnes & Noble has reversed their fortunes, to the point where they are going to open 30 new stores this year, the first expansion in over a decade. However, I have usually only shopped there during a sale, like when they have 50% off all hardcovers after the holidays.

I used to think like you did, that digital was the way to go. I bought a Kindle and a Nook, and I must have hundreds of books on them now. But eventually, I missed books. There's just a visceral pleasure I get from holding one while I read.

You may also not agree with this, but I feel no tablet or digital device does justice to picture books. How-to books are also easier to leaf through than the digital versions.

Bottom line, I see benefits to both, so I buy both. I shop at a couple of indie bookstores nearby. Sure, I pay more, but the staff knows their stuff and has consistently led me to things I wouldn't have found through Amazon.

I don't think physical books will ever go away. If anything, they may eventually stage a comeback, much like vinyl albums have done.

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George “Ace” Acevedo

Writer. Voice actor. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Cleaner of litter boxes.