Why don't the few bookstores remaining carry better stock?
Case in point: Neal Stephenson's new novel REAMDE - I want a copy, but haven't an e-reader of any sort - yet. When I checked a local bookseller, they had a paperback copy - like a lot of their new release paperbacks, it was barely bound and printed on tissue thin stock with weak flimsy covers. It was that awkward size, between typical hardback and paperback size, and the print was tiny. Granted, this is Neal Stephenson, who writes fat books - but I have a paperback copy of Cryptonomicon probably a decade or so old that is in better shape after a couple of readings and several moves than that copy of REAMDE would be after a similar timespan, it fits on the shelf with my other paperbacks, and the print is bigger - despite being thick enough to stun an ox.
Sure, I could probably find a hardbound copy online - for about half the price of a Fire - but why aren't booksellers stocking a better product, given that the dwindling number of print readers would most likely be enthusiasts? It just doesn't make sense to me.
In another, but related, vein - Vinyl survives. The wax is still being pressed (and, yes, I know it's not technically wax anymore) if for no other reason than to keep the sonic artists - DJs - in raw materials. But not everything is being pressed into vinyl - mostly, it's club music - and our local vinyl source has closed, so I imagine the DJs have to acquire their product mostly online. So my question is, just like Club Music is single-handedly keeping vinyl alive, what do you imagine (if anything) will keep print alive?