By Paul Losch
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mai... (More)
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mainly in the Bay Area with different companies. My former wife went back to medical school after we had been married a few years, and we moved into married student housing at Stanford, had our two now adult children while she was a medical student, and moved into Palo Alto when she started her Residency. Been here ever since. As my kids were going through the Palo Alto schools, I was actively involved in their activities, most notably head umpire for Palo Alto Little League and 9 years as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, among other activities. My kids both are grown, my son teaches 5th grade locally, and my daughter, fluent in Mandarin, is working in China. I sold the business I owned and ran for 8 years in 2012, worked on the Obama campaign, and am consulting for non-profit organizations, which gives me a nice, flexible schedule. Lots of stamps in my passport, and for fun, I like live performances &emdash; theater and music - and of course the Giants! (Hide)
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Local Book Store Demises
Uploaded: Aug 19, 2010
As nice as Borders on University and Kepler's in Menlo Park are for a book reader and buyer, I suspect neither operation nor others elsewhere are long for this world.
Kepler's nearly closed a few years back and was rescued by some investors who valued it's role in the community.
We lost Printer's Ink a few years back and more recently Know Knew Books on California Avenue.
There was a WSJ story today about the national chain Barnes and Noble being up for sale. Borders also is a national operation. (I actually read about it online, not in the paper itself. What does that tell you?)
This phenomenon is paralleled by the challenges the print media have been going through the last several years.
Clearly the internet, Amazon's Kindle, the IPAD and related technologies have transformed the way many of us choose to get our content. This even more is the case with people my kids' age, who are in the college or recent graduate cohort.
The tough part about this entire and inexorable change is how to moentize content? Apple did a good job with how to sell music and related entertainment. RIP Tower Records, inter alia.
Book stores and print media are staring down the same sort of situation.
And of course I am posting this on-line!
What is it worth to you?
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