Yesterday, I wrote about how Kindle book sales are now outpacing paperback sales. Well, one Portland bookstore, the Microcosm Publishing book and zine store, is going against the grain and allowing folks to exchange their Kindles for cold, hard books. That's right, some of that good old pulp.
On its blog, you'll find this post from Microcosm from earlier this month:
Do you love print? Do you still read books? Did you get a Kindle for Christmas? Do you want to trade in your soulless faux-literary technology for its worth in good old fashioned books? Well, friends, Microcosm Publishing's got your back! Beginning RIGHT NOW you can bring in your Christmas Kindle to the Microcosm store in Portland (636 SE 11th) and trade it in for its worth in new or used books and zines! That's right! Why let fad technology kill print when you can take a stand and fill up your shelves in the process. (Don't worry, we won't tell your parents.) And make sure to bring a friend to help you carry all your loot; most of the store's books are priced in the $2-$6 range so a $139-$189 trade-in (note: going retail for the Kindle at Amazon's site) you might be carrying your books out in a fleet of wheelbarrows!
We're not sure who would be enticed by this offer. And we're not sure if Microcosm will take old Kindles or other e-readers. But hey, we like its independent, decidedly retro spirit.
Would anybody out there make this trade if a store in your area was offering it?