It’s been awfully quiet around here for the past six weeks or so. I’ve had a busy summer filled with travel, academic writing projects, and quality time with my young son. Blogging, regretfully, ended up falling by the wayside.
I’m pleased to announce that The Late Age of Print is back after what amounted to an unannounced — and unintended — summer hiatus. A LOT has gone in the realm of books and new media culture since the last time I wrote: Apple clamped down on third parties selling e-books through the iPad; Amazon’s ad-supported 3G Kindle debuted; Barnes & Noble continues to elbow into the e-book market with Nook; short-term e-book rentals are on the rise; J. K. Rowling’s Pottermore website went live, leaving some to wonder about the future of publishers and booksellers in an age when authors can sell e-editions of their work directly to consumers; and much, much more.
For now, though, I thought I’d leave you with a little something I happened upon during my summer vacation (I use the term loosely). Here’s an image of the Borders bookstore at the Indianapolis Airport, which I snapped in early August — not long after the chain entered liquidation:
The store had been completely emptied out by the time I returned. It was an almost eerie site — kind of like finding a turtle shell without a turtle inside antabuse tablets 500mg. Had I not been in a hurry (my little guy was in tow), I would have snapped an “after” picture to accompany this “before” shot. Needless to say, it’s been an exciting and depressing summer for books.
Then again, isn’t it always? More to come…soon, I promise.