One of the things that book retailers got very good at was creating an ambiance in their stores that encouraged people to stay and browse the inventory. Some would say that the strategy backfired because people would read books and not buy them. But the stores realized that selling $10 worth of coffee and pastries helped to offset any losses from browsers.
As the Internet developed, the notion of buying books online became more popular, even among the most vehement retail store supporters. There are several reasons why buying books online is becoming more and more common among book buyers of all kinds.
Create Your Own Ambiance
With an online bookstore, you can browse for as long as you want from the comfort of your own home. You can create any ambiance you want and even save some money by enjoying your own pastries and coffee. When you shop online, the experience is partly up to you and that is one thing that makes online bookstores so popular.
More Authors Than Ever
Prior to the Internet, an author had to hope for a publishing deal if he was going to get his works on the shelves of retail bookstores. But with online bookstores, there is no risk for a retailer to open up his website to any author who feels like publishing his own book. Consumers can choose to buy an online version of a book or have a hard copy shipped to them. A whole slew of new authors get exposure and the online bookstore gets more business as a result.
You Save Money
Digital readers that can download entire books from online bookstores have become extremely popular lately. Many consumers are realizing that owning the hard cover book is nice, but if you can get a new title for a fraction of the cost of a hard cover just by going with the downloadable version, then it is worth it. Digital readers look and feel like books, which is why so many people are using them. Now you can have the latest title by your favorite author without having to purchase the expensive hard cover book.
You Expand Your Library
All of these factors come together to help a consumer expand his personal library to include hundreds of titles he may have never been able to afford in the past. An online bookstore gives you the opportunity to have all of your favorite author’s works accessible whenever you want without having to worry about storage space or the high cost of purchasing a hard cover book. You can also shop for your books without ever leaving your home, which is a comfort that book readers love.
The Community Manager of www.MyReviewsNow.net website, Stephanie Frasco, wrote this post about online bookstores.