There has been some talk lately about Borders’ recent decisions to not stock some science fiction books, as initially noted by some authors (like Tobias S. Buckell, Gregory Frost, Pat Cadigan, and Gwenda Bond).
In response to all this, io9 asked: Should SF Writers Boycott Borders? Then Neil Gaiman responded: “But they aren’t ‘pulling Sci-Fi off the shelves’. They are not stocking some new books. There’s a difference, and it’s a huge one.” (For his troubles, Neil has received misguided hate mail from Borders employees.)
It’s a thorny issue, to be sure. On one side you have Borders who are making business decision to try and increase profits. On another, you have folks who worry that science fiction is already hurting, sales-wise, and this will only make it worse. And of course, there are the authors and publishers who worry that the books will sell less.
What does this mean to the reader? Hardcore fans probably won’t care as they will seek the book through another store or online. Sales may decrease from casual browsers, I suppose, who would occasionally buy a book only because they saw it on a shelf.
But I ask you, dear reader: Do you personally care if Borders doesn’t stock all he science fiction titles? Will that stop you from buying it, or will you seek it elsewhere?