The Future Space of Bookselling
3 and 4 June 2016, Pontio Centre, Bangor University
The space and place of the bookstore has shifted dramatically over the past fifty years. The traditional physical space of the Indies, chains, market-stalls and superstores now create a common place with virtual stores, eReaders and tablets. This is largely due to digital technologies that have removed problems of distribution and access as well as fundamentally called into question what it is that is being bought and sold and who owns that item being exchanged. The academic book has always had its own "space" -- its own audience, its own distribution networks and its own purposes. Academia depends on the book as a dissemination and teaching medium, yet today many university campuses and towns no longer have bookstores. The academic space of the book has either closed or moved to a new place.
This conference will consider what these new places may be, the impact this move has had on readers and booksellers, and the changing relationships that have always developed within the space and place of the book.