I had some terrible taste when I was a teenager.
My mother had great taste, and would look at me with horror when she’d see the outfits I had concocted. She’d wince when I pleaded with her to buy things in Hot Topic (I’m dying of shame as I admit this).
But let’s face it: many of us women, as teens, liked some pretty embarrassing things.
The other day, my friend asked me who I thought was the best American writer to ever live, and coming up with an answer was more difficult than I thought it would be. But after a moment I settled on an answer and asked my girlfriend, who not only came up with a different writer–she came up with a writer I never even would’ve considered.
n a statement accompanying its fourth quarter and full year results for 2012, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos neatly summed up where he sees the future of book retailing heading–especially for his company. “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting,” said Bezos. “After 5 years, eBooks is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast – up approximately 70% last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just 5%.”
That sentence alone is enough to send chills down my spine. No bookstores? I can’t imagine a world without them. Yet the fact of the matter is, that’s likely where we are headed.