Instructive parallels can be drawn with book collecting—and whether that’s a meaningful exercise any longer. Two useful viewpoints come from the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America:
—and the Wall Street Journal:
The former maintains that “the profession of the rare book dealer is quite secure.” The latter holds that: “the demand for rare and collectible books has been more or less stable.”
In the same spirit and context I would strongly suggest this new documentary on NY booksellers, which shows not only the challenges facing physical media in 2020, but also the possibility for a “golden age of collecting” (https://youtu.be/ymcRRt3Ix04).