The future of the RPG industry: Publishing in Microcosm

Ask any RPG gamer whether they buy their books locally anymore, and you will usually get one of two answers. Either they don't, because it's so much cheaper to buy them online, or they do, and they do it to support their local gaming store. When Gaming Retail Becomes Charity But, when did it become a matter of charity whether or not to buy locally? The fact of the matter is, for a variety of reasons tied into Gaming Culture and the profit margins of selling books of any sort, it's simply not cost-effective to run a traditional RPG store anymore.