It's a shame Borders Bookstores are closing

Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 12:01 PM
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    The biggest reason for Borders' demise is classic bad business practices. Technology didn't really do the damage that bleeding money, poorly trained staff, and selling items to the wrong market did.

    As far as e-readers go. Have you ever tried one (with an e-paper display)? Not just looked at one in the store, but have you read a book on one? They're easier on the eyes and have a warmer look than a good deal of new books I've read recently. Please don't judge them until you give them a full try.

    -- Posted by per moenia urbis on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 2:16 PM
  • I feel the same way about book stores closing. I also enjoy browsing through the aisles of books and seeing what is being written about and who is writing them. But I also see technology moving into this area and making a difference. The amount of paper that can be saved by not printing books, but electronically creating is substantial. The amount of fuel saved by not transporting books around the world is also substantial. I also feel that with the reduced cost books will become cheaper to buy and thus open the door for people to read who would not have been able to afford it in the past. Another side benefit I see is that a book cannot change its font size, but an electronic book reader can. So as I get older I can still enjoy an old book that my eyes would have otherwise prevented me from reading. Just my two cents.

    -- Posted by bhobbs on Thu, Aug 18, 2011, at 7:07 AM
  • "books will become cheaper to buy and thus open the door for people to read who would not have been able to afford it in the past. "

    I thought that's what libraries are for.

    -- Posted by Cousin Eddie on Thu, Aug 18, 2011, at 3:19 PM
  • Cousin Eddie you are right, but libraries are sometimes not availble or do not have the book available. I think libraries will be around longer than book stores though, but I also think that they need to start thinking of the future too.

    -- Posted by bhobbs on Thu, Aug 18, 2011, at 5:24 PM
  • Borders had excellent real estate locations, but tended to have stores that were too big and overall had too much overhead. If you're in business, you have to be nimble.

    -- Posted by The Raven on Fri, Aug 19, 2011, at 8:41 AM
  • when the one in bloomington was in it's hey day..

    they had readers and performers for kids on fridays. the coffee shop had musical performers and the place was buzzing with good vibes. these activities went away and so did the customers and


    -- Posted by isaacorlando on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 10:09 AM
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