When Borders filed for bankruptcy, there was a list of stores that were being closed.
In my area (the San Francisco Bay Area), it was mostly the big, high-rent stores…Union Square, Santana Row.
My local Borders wasn’t on the list and has been open.
This weekend, though, my Significant Other noticed it was closing (does that make my SO a “cub blogger”?).
I went in today…everything was on sale, and magazines were 40% off. I’d like to stop buying paper magazines, but I haven’t quite done that yet. An Amazon tablet would probably take care of that habit…if it had things like Famous Monsters of Filmland (I bought a copy today). There is a digital version of that, so I’m hoping.
While I was waiting in line, I could hear the conversation of the salesclerks and the customers. I wasn’t trying to do that…and I really only heard the salesclerk (they are facing the line).
Besides the fact that somebody bought more than $700 worth of stuff (and fixtures aren’t on sale yet), there was talk about the situation.
They confirmed it as a second round of closing. All of the ones in my area are closing…after this wave, the closest one will be something like thirty miles away…and not in a direction I’d go casually. It’s possible that I’ll never go into a Borders again (although they’d have to close another one I use to make that happen).
That does give me a bit of a catch in the throat, although I know it makes sense. Yes, I read my Kindle in line at the closing of the Borders. It’s not the Kindle’s fault, though, not entirely…Borders, I believe, would have been in trouble anyway. Maybe not as soon, but they weren’t adapting quickly enough to changing conditions…which would have been hard for them.
I picture it a bit like the Titanic, and a salesclerk yelling up to the manager, “E-books…dead ahead!” They knew it was coming, but they couldn’t stop.
Not just e-books, of course…Costco, Amazon online for paperbooks, and so on.
The place was busy, but these were the same employees handling the closing…not a liquidation company.
Here’s what it looked like behind the counter:
As you can see from that (maybe), they weren’t taking Borders coupons or checks, but otherwise, things were as you would expect if they weren’t closing.
They have an updated closure list (with 27 more stores) here:
The new stores are highlighted with closing dates…drat, they are closing my other regular one!
That means I might have been in my last Borders…here’s a story I wrote about what it might be like after bookstores close.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.