A straw in the wind is a story by Jenna Lynch in yesterday’s Waikato Times, headlined “Bennetts Books given heave-ho”. It begins:
After 20 years of providing Wintec students with textbooks, Bennetts bookstore has been given the shove to make way for an administration area for staff.
But while Wintec bosses say more students buying books online means they don’t need a bookstore on campus, the shop’s owner says students still need the shop and Wintec is making a big mistake and students will have to cross town to the university branch to buy texts.
After Bennetts was moved from their permanent site in November last year, Wintec offered them a pop-up shop to be run in the library until March 15.
Wintec spokeswoman Erin Andersen said more students were flocking online to buy their textbooks, and this was considered when determining if an on-campus textbook supplier was needed.
“We believe the temporary store at the peak times at the start of each semester was an arrangement which best suited our students’ needs,” she said.
But Bennetts’ Wintec store manager Joy Leet said running the pop-up store with very little resources, including a lack of communication facilities, was not feasible.
Ms Leet said without access to computers or phones, they could not adequately help students in the popup shop, so last week they packed up and left.
What will replace the bookshop? A Wintec spokesman said, “At this stage, the most likely option is for it to be fitted out as a café.”
So here is Leonard Cohen in the 90s with “The Future”: