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A sign of the times?

Just looked in on the American Bookstore (or "International Bookstore", as it has rebranded itself) on the Rechter Wienzeile here in Vienna. On previous visits I've found it a very pleasant place to browse, but came away with nothing this time; the SF section seems to be less than half its former size, with chick-lit filling much of the gap.

I asked the man behind the counter (the proprietor, I suppose) if I was right to think they had cut back in that area. He confirmed my suspicions, adding that most SF fans (in Vienna, at least) are now shopping on the internet.

Interesting.
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redfiona99
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Which one is it, because I have vague (very vague) memories of there always being an English-language bookshop in Vienna called something like that, but that would have been 17 years ago, or thereabouts, so it can't the one you're talking about.
nwhyte
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
I meant the one here; I think they have been around for a good long time so may well be the same ones! But they have a number of other branches now.
slovobooks
Mar. 20th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
According to an article in the Irish Times recently, between 9%-12% of book sales are now made online. It didn't quote the source of this statistic, but one hopes that the IT has fact-checkers...
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