This is my third large purge of books I won’t bother to read or that I’m unlikely to read again. (I posted about my first purge, but skipped my second one.) This time, I sold 17 books to a used bookstore.
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend: the prices are going down noticeably for paperback books. I think the used bookstores are realizing the hard truth that there is less of a demand for mass-market paperbacks.
In the past, I’ve had interesting conversations with professionals on whether mass-market paperbacks will be replaced by e-books in the next few years. (The larger paperbacks, known as trade paperbacks, are considered safe for now. And none of the professionals were predicting the demise of hardcover books.) But let’s not ignore signals from the marketplace about what’s going on. Is the death of the mass-market paperback coming? What’s happening in used bookstores in other parts of the country?