The Winds of Change

Border’s recently announced that they are filing bankruptcy and will be closing 30% of their book stores across the nation. All jokes aside, I will miss Border’s when they close down for good. It was one of my favorite places to check out new books and magazines on my once a month jaunt. I’ve bought several books and magazines from Border’s, using one of the many discount coupons. My biggest gripe (or biggest wish) about the chain was not having the option to redeem a Border’s electronic coupon on my iPod. Instead, I would have to print the coupon out and bring it along with me.

The only national bookstore left standing will be Barnes & Nobles – and I hope they’re around for a while. I love bookstores, and will hate to see them go. What about you? How do you feel about the recent Border’s bankruptcy announcement?

-Krishna

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  • tmcelmurryReply
    February 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I hate to see any store close for the employees that will be out of jobs, but with the exception of a handful most book store employees are like music store employees and are working there while they finish school, so many move on within a year or two anyways. But it doesn’t mean the end of printed books like many people will trump up, it just means that my book perusing will eventually be limited to Hastings or the book section of Wal-Mart, I haven’t bought a book from a bookstore in a long time, most I find either find used or in rare occasions order new online.

  • LtSiverReply
    February 17, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I will miss borders due their unprecedented collection of Manga available. B&N had sparse amounts of it. But the love affair with borders as a store ended when they revamped their rewards program and made the books more expensive than amazon. At that point I stopped buying from them period.

  • KurtReply
    February 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    That coupon printing business used to bug me, too, but then a Borders employee told me I didn’t really need to bring in the coupon, just the coupon number (from the bar code). I started writing down the coupon numbers a few months ago, and it has saved me untold aggravation.

    Our local Borders survived this round of closings, so here’s hoping I can continue to do so for many months to come. (Years would be even better, as Border’s coupons make their prices much better than anything I have been offered by Amazon or B&N.)

  • Kevin RubinReply
    March 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I can never tell the difference between Borders and Barnes & Noble stores without looking at the signs…

    While they emailed that they’re open for business while they go through the chapter 11 stuff, they are closing one store on Park Avenue in Manhattan. Everything’s gotta go, so the sales are pretty good there right now. I assume they’re closing that one because it’s probably ultra expensive from a real estate perspective in that swanky neighborhood on the upper east side. It’s in the retail floors of a mostly residential apartment tower with fancy carvings on all the stone and a white gloved doorman at the residential entrance.

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