Borders is Closing

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Borders is Closing

Gary Gary
After opening its first store 40 years ago in Ann Arbor, Borders, the nations 2nd largest book store will begin liquidating its 399 stores as early as this Friday.
07/18/2011
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Gary Gary
This is pretty crazy, but I am sure we are going to see a lot great changes in the coming years as more and more business is conducted online.
07/18/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
It is rather sad to see bookstores closing. But I suppose life is change and one must adapt to the times, and Borders just didn't adapt well enough.
07/18/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

*holds hands over ears* LA LA LA LA LA LA
07/18/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm hoping something good comes from it, but I don't think anything will for a long time.
07/18/2011
dv8 dv8
Gah. I'm gonna miss their in-store concerts and book readings/signings. I'm glad I have local bookstores for such events but I don't know how long those will survive.
07/18/2011
lanky lanky
already closed by me
07/18/2011
Sir Sir
That's terrible...
07/18/2011
lexical lexical
I am really sad to hear this My favorite family-owned bookstore back in Ohio just closed recently too. I always used to buy things there if I could, even if it was a little more expensive than Amazon...I guess it couldn't be helped.
07/18/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
I'm very sad by this. I love borders! The one near me closed down and last I heard they were just closing about 1/4 of their stores to stay afloat. It's disappointing that they won't be around anymore!
07/18/2011
potstickers potstickers
Now where will I get Chi's Sweet Home?
cry
07/18/2011
zeebot zeebot
That's so sad! Bookstores are such wonderful places...
07/18/2011
Waterfall Waterfall
I have seen a lot of Borders stores closing around me. I love Borders and all, but if Barnes and Nobles closes I will be in tears!!
07/18/2011
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by PiratePrincess
I'm very sad by this. I love borders! The one near me closed down and last I heard they were just closing about 1/4 of their stores to stay afloat. It's disappointing that they won't be around anymore!
Yeah, they closed their least profitable stores in a last ditch effort, but that did not work.
07/18/2011
Kindred Kindred
This is really sad but not completely unexpected. There's nothing like flipping through books while perusing.
07/18/2011
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by zeebot
That's so sad! Bookstores are such wonderful places...
Agreed..
07/18/2011
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
This is really sad but not completely unexpected. There's nothing like flipping through books while perusing.
Yes but Borders and Barnes & Noble seem to be full of people sitting and reading (and maybe drinking coffee) without actually buying any books.
07/18/2011
RonLee RonLee
Of course the reason is, that WE did not spend enough $ for the company to stay in business. Buying a few cups of coffee while reading their magazines or books just wasn't enough.
The market has no sentimentality, does it.
07/18/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
I wonder what this means for people who purchased their e-reader?
07/18/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
i figured this would eventually happen when the kindle came out.
07/18/2011
alliegator alliegator
Sad to see it go, but I perk up at the word "liquidation". Hopefully I can catch some good sales.
07/18/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I got a Kobo for Christmas. *sigh* My Man doesn't really know a lot about books, and didn't know he should have gotten the Barnes and Noble or the Amazon eReader.

I haven't been able to directly download books since January, and now it's going to be completely obsolete. Shit.

I used to love walked around Borders looking at all the books. We don't have any independent books store near my house.
07/18/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
Yes but Borders and Barnes & Noble seem to be full of people sitting and reading (and maybe drinking coffee) without actually buying any books.
I take it that Borders is the American version of our Chapters... Where people peruse while drinking Starbucks.
07/19/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
oh wow! i heard about that today. it's sad, but places like amazon have made getting books (and other stuff) so much more easy and convenient to obtain.
07/19/2011
mistressg mistressg
First record stores were affected, now bookstores. It's sad to me really. Hopefully, at the very least, the small business that sell books can stay open and get by. The romance of a book cannot be met on a kindle or a monitor, for me.
07/19/2011
slynch slynch
It's sad news.
07/19/2011
Taylor Taylor
Most of the Borders near me have been closing. There used to be a whole bunch of them around but now I can only think of where one is.

I know I am guilty of going in and reading but not buying anything. I guess everyone else must have done the same
07/19/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I wish I could feel worse about this...but I can't.

I'm a reader as much as the next person (couple books a week or so), but the price was just getting to be a pain in the arse. $8-25 a book? Storing the books and then moving them? What about libraries? It just seemed that we're moving past books onto other things, like e-readers.

Books are just becoming burdensome.

When the Borders down the road closed in the initial closings last year, they did about a month's worth of business that weekend. I wonder how much of that was a show of support or was because there was a discount. My roomie used to work at that store and talked to a former manager there; she said that if they just reduced the prices 20% they would've seen more business.

Now that Borders is gone though, I hope this helps the other big chain, Barnes and Noble. I have the Nook and love it! My thought on this is that now that there's only one chain of stores to compete with Amazon. Compete with = buy out later.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate Borders...loved them actually. But media is evolving, it happens. I really feel bad for the employees though.
07/19/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
No screen can take the place of the feel, the smell, the beautiful heaviness of writing on paper in your hands.

I have an eReader (the fucking KOBO, which will not be useless!) but I have only bought 2 or 3 "books" for it (partly because the procedure for loading books on it is so burdensome, as the immediate download hasn't been available in over 6 months)

I LOVE real books and I'll never stop reading them. I don't and won't read books on my computer (seeing as I don't have a lap top, only a desk top and I like to read in bed, in the tub, in the living room, in the kitchen etc.) I will not give up on books. Never.

I am sad. I preferred Borders to Barnes and Noble. There are no independent book store near my home, so it was between Borders and B&N. I know Amazon is a multiconglomerate, but damn, they are inexpensive and deliver lightening fast.

I will never give up on real books. Never.
07/19/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
Borders make a LOT of very poor business decisions that led to this:

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