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Amazon, eBooks, and the demise of Borders and bookshop culture

18 Jul

BooksThe era of the big box bookstore is coming to an end and I, for one, am saddened by this.  Yes, I know they were big, bad corporate giants that came in and destroyed neighborhood bookstores and coffee shops, ending third places and stifling locally-owned businesses in many communities.  All that’s true – and awful.

But at this point, the closing of your local Borders isn’t likely to mean that a locally-owned bookstore is going to spring up in its place.  (Although I wish that would happen!)  It’s really just going to drive more business to Amazon (or iTunes).  Yes, I know they’re both big, bad corporations, so why should I care if people buy from Borders or Amazon?

Because I like bookstores – large and small.  I like browsing.  I like wandering the aisles and touching the books.  Picking them up and feeling their weight.  I like to pick an edition based on the way the pages feel in my hand.  For me, buying a book is a tactile experience.   Continue reading

Third Place: You’re Doing It Wrong

2 Mar

I found this article via IWorkAt Borders, a wonderful LJ community for Borders employees.  As I used to work at Borders, I still check it out from time to time.

In Loss of Borders Would be a Loss for Families Michelle Sinclair Coleman shares how happy she is that her local Borders has survived the Bankruptcy filing and will remain open.  She then goes on to explain how much time she spends at Borders, during which time she hangs out, read magazines,  and drinks coffee while her kids run wild over the store.  But does she buy the magazines (or any books)?  Of course not.  Instead, she uses Borders’ free WiFi to check prices at Amazon.  And, she goes on to talk about how important places like Borders are to the community.

Of course, she was destroyed by the commenters.

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