What's undermining the local stores

<p>The Los Angeles Times has a long piece on the demise of the independent bookshop--it&#39;s the internet that&#39;s done it. &quot;What&#39;s undermining the stores is a massive shift in buying habits brought about by the Internet. Ordering from Amazon.com . . . has almost become the generic term for book buying.&quot;</p><p>&quot;This is the paradox of modern bookselling. Even in an entertainment-saturated age, people still buy books. But the casual reader has many other places to get bestsellers and topical books, from warehouse stores to the mall. Meanwhile, book nuts -- the ones who simply must buy several volumes a week -- are lured online. Few businesses can survive that lose customers from both ends of the spectrum.&quot;</p>