Well, this makes no sense:
Two thousand bookstores vanishing would represent roughly half the total bookstores in the country. Even though many indie bookstores are thriving right now, thanks in large part to the disappearance of some cutthroat competition, how much longer can they thrive if books are simply becoming so vastly invisible?
Look, either you hate the big box stores or you don’t, you can’t have it both ways.
Kindly explain…how does the dearth of big box book store do much more than reopen those markets to the resurgence of independent booksellers? Surely you don’t truly think that kids will never encounter a book lest they find it in a mall? Schools still have libraries. Libraries themselves still exist. The great big Internet is full of book links, reviews, sources.