You’ve Got Mail

March 13th, 2012 by melissa g

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were fighting it out in the 1998 movie, You’ve Got Mail, but it was on television recently, and reminded me of how much has changed since then. Back in 1998, it was the little “Shop Around the Corner” versus the big chain, Fox Books. Of course, I was rooting for Meg Ryan and her perfect little store, but, even if she lost, the worst case scenario was that we’d have to visit those big chains where the salespeople knew little or nothing about the books they sold. Who knew that we’d soon be saying goodbye to those big box stores too, and we’d be contemplating a world where not only could all brick and mortar bookstores become dinosaurs, but the physical books themselves could become obsolete as well?  Wait, before we fall into a state of complete despair, let’s remember that although Meg lost her shop, no one could take away her vast knowledge of books, and in the end, she found that she still had value and even new opportunities to consider.  So, maybe life will imitate art, and we will find a way to embrace new possibilities as the sales of digital books continue to grow.  When one door closes, another opens, right?


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