Where are still any bookstores in existence? Oh how times have changed. Even cds are almost gone. A long time ago people used to read newspapers or magazines on (oh, say) breaktime or lunch, but now one has "apps" like DUOLINGO! I think i would still want the touch and smell of a real book if I were a 'reader' and not just (say) a kindle. Ho hum... however. (We are IN the "future"!)
No, " fermare" always needs a direct object, unless it is used reflexively (I don' t know if there's reason for it). I also think that it's a peculiarity of english that "to stop" becomes reflexive when the direct object is omitted, but I am no linguist :)
Besides "la donna ferma" would be interpreted as "the still woman", i.e. "ferma" would be interpreted as an adjective instead of a as verb.
Great explanation s84606.!
Hey camclark17, in case you want to say "the woman stops" you can use "la donna si ferma" (reflexive verb just like he mentioned).
Just for curiosity, in case you want to say "to stop/quit doing something" the verb you are looking for is "smettere di fare qualcosa", using "fermare" would be wrong in this case.