Bookstores Are Dying
Borders recently went out of business and all across the United States, other bookstores are closing. Heavily discounted online prices are putting them out of business because nobody likes to pay full cover price. Even stores like Walmart and Target now have somewhat decent book sections where they carry some of the latest bestselling titles.
I find that online book stores have much more appeal than traditional brick and mortar stores. Although I do like to visit my local Barnes & Noble and Books-a-million, I often consult their online sites for more information on books I find in the stores. User reviews are a big deal, and you can always learn more about a book from others than you will from reading the back cover.
Although print isn't completely dead and probably won't be for a long time, you have to recognize that times are changing. These days, if you want to put out an independently published book, don't be too quick to dismiss the income potential of electronic publishing.
By all means, try to get a publisher's attention and get a big business behind your book. You might get lucky and score a deal. If, however, your manuscript sits in a dust pile while your hopes and dreams diminish, it may be worth trying to self publish.
Looking for more tips and advice? Check out the other articles in Bright Hub's guide, What You Need to Know About Self Publishing.