Borders, who has 399 stores nationwide including 2 in Santa Rosa, is closing all of their stores. Their failure to adapt to customer’s ever-changing shopping habits was said to be responsible for this sudden decision. Having filed for bankruptcy in February, it just wasn’t enough to save the book giant from folding. The liquidation sale could start as soon as Friday, and it’s expected they’ll be out of business by September.
Does this most recent bookstore closure mark the beginning of the end for the almighty book? What does this mean for our mom and pop bookstores?
With internet sites like Amazon who offer new and used books for much less than your regular walk-in store, plus their ability to carry lesser known titles in their huge wherehouses, the web has become a favored place for many to purchase their reading material. And then there are the e-readers. Kobo, Nook, Kindle… The ease of the e-reader leaves more space on the bookshelf, and the ability to carry your whole library on a convenient tablet.
But then there are people like me who could inhale the scent of a bookstore all day long. To see rows and rows of book and be able to pick one up and flip through the pages…. Am I one of a dying breed of people who still love the weight of a good book in my hands?
Is this a sign that all book stores are doomed?
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