I bought an eBook. That wasn’t the odd event. As I said earlier, I buy eBooks every week. They are inexpensive and easy to acquire. Damn Amazon and their one click option. What was surprising and odd and made me reconsider the fate of the brick and mortar stores was my reaction when I finished the book. It was late. It was a weekday. I live in the middle of bum fuck Egypt. And I desperately wanted the second in the series. As in yesterday.
If you read my earlier post, I am not a very patient person. I was not going to wait. It’s a good thing I had clear skies ‘cause if my internet was down my family would have been treading on egg shells. So I went ahead and ordered the second as I text my best buddy about the first. You have to love technology.
And this, my friends, is what brick and mortars stores cannot compete against. The ease of use. No need to dress or drive or pump some hard-earned cash into that gas-guzzler you drive in a mad quest to find something that might not be in stock at some ungodly hour in the middle of your workweek. Instant gratification. Will brick and mortar stores be replaced? I sincerely hope not for I do love my bound collections. But I truly understand why eBooks are so popular. I like instant gratification. Is it a generation X thing?