Absolutely stunning news. Borders is closing, forever.
Even if it is expected, as I’d been blogging about their financial troubles for hears across my different book blogs over the years. Frankly, i’m surprised they hung on this long.
Borders has long been a favorite bookseller of mine. Each city I moved to I would first seek out the closest Borders bookstore. My favorite part was the bargain and clearance sections. Being cheap, my goal was to find a book that had a gripping storyline, fleshed out characters for around $5 (or under). I’ve found a plethora of books, as my mounting pile can attest.
In this day and age of technology, there just aren’t enough bibliophiles left to ensure brick and mortar stores will survive. I admit I love the feel of a book, the feel of an unmolested page, that ‘new book smell’. Being an author, I can also attest to the almost crippling hoops we must jump through to getting the attention of said brick and mortar stores, their publishing houses and book agents. EBooks are outselling hardbacks, there are many avenues online to finding the book of your choice and for writers, a way to get your book seen.
I think we’re seeing, not the end of–but the narrowing of an era.