Well, I guess even the number of books I buy every year was not enough to save Borders, they are going to liquidate and close all their remaining stores. Caput. Finito. Stone dead. No more Borders.
I know some of my friends will be pissed that I shopped at Borders at all, not being an independent and all. Sorry, but I buy books from everybody. Borders, Barnes and Noble, independents (Tattered Cover, the Bookworm, Jackson Street Booksellers, Shakespeare and Company, City Lights Books, Pageturners (before it closed), and others) whenever I can, Amazon, independent bookstores operating as third-party sellers on Amazon, Goodwill, the MFA friends bookstore at the biannual University of Nebraska MFA in Writing residency bookstore at the Lied Lodge, everybody. I’ve read 151 books so far this year, so I buy a lot of books. From everybody.
Anyway, I’ve been buying books from Borders since 1996. It’s just so strange to think that they aren’t going to be there anymore. A lot of my friends who worked there are going to be pretty screwed (those that hadn’t been laid off already). There is sure to be some shake up in the publishing world too. Regardless, the weirdest thing is that it isn’t going to be there anymore at all.
I have to admit, though I first preferred Borders to Barnes and Noble at first, that fell off in recent years. The stock started falling off and the stores just started to get a weird feel to them. I started going more to Barnes and Noble, but I still went to Borders. Particularly after I heard about them scrambling to save themselves. I even paid to get their saver card after hearing that they were maybe dying (already got my money worth on that, don’t worry). Still, it wasn’t enough. Now they are going to die for sure.
Beyond the fact that I’m going to miss the fact of their presence, I’m just not sure how all this will shake out. Maybe independent bookstores will eventually be the only brick and mortar stores we see, nobody bigger being able to stay afloat. It just isn’t clear right now. Lots of things can happen. Maybe good, maybe bad. Either way, it’s a big deal for someone who is into books as much as me.
So, whether giant chain bookstores like Borders are good or bad, I’m going to miss them. I just never thought that they wouldn’t always be there. Now, eventually, there is just going to be that hole like all the other things I’ve gotten used to that have disappeared.