haha, insert carefully crafted post here.
What do I have to say to this article? Meh.
First off, lets address the bookstore - I can find a LOT of books that I'm interested in reading online. I spend hours a day reading on my computer for fun and I'm not isolated in the slightest. I think vilification of the internet as the downfall of human interaction is a bit of a narrow view on the larger picture.
Humans are evolving, but one of the more persistent traits is that of hypocrisy. It's kind of why I get irritated with those bumper stickers that blame the demise of the auto manufacturing industry on foreign import cars. People want lower prices on comparable merchandise/services and will gravitate towards the cheaper retailer/provider. How many people shop at Wal-mart? Or go through the flyers to find the 'sale' items and then drive around to get the best prices on a limited budget. Really, there never seems to be enough money, and even people who are financially comfortable are that way BECAUSE there never seems to be enough money. They cover their cost of living and are prudent in the items they buy.
But they still buy. And they probably shop around too.
To the author of the article - get with the times. I wanted Plato's "The Last Days of Socrates" and I got about a half-dozen copies in 0.16s. Sorry, but that's just too damn convenient for me to pass up.
And I do see the hypocrisy in posting, but uh...meh.