I just got back from B.E.A. (Book Expo America), America's biggest book trade event. I hadn't been in a few years and it felt, not surprisingly, smaller than in the past. There were lots of people (librarians, publishers, editors, writers, etc.) but when I inquired about actual buyers, I found that they were not present in abundance. There are simply a lot fewer book retailers than there used to be. People who love books, and I am one of them, have to feel a bit despondent over this course of events, but the world does continue to change.