Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The importance of book stores   posted by Razib @ 11/14/2007 07:31:00 PM

With AbeBooks and access to massive university libraries, what's the point of visiting a physical book store? Well, presentation. With online stores and university stacks the search process is rather narrow and focused. You find extremely topical texts with laser-like specificity. But this also means that you won't stumble upon a book which is just outside your search arc; a text whose topicality is somewhat outside of the subject-space which you are exploring, but nevertheless extremely relevant to many of your concerns and interests.