Booklovers, it’s officially the end of an era, and one that is particularly sad for me. We all knew that the Borders stores across the country were closing, often leaving holes like missing teeth in shopping malls, and the hearts of communities all across the country. But now when you visit www.Borders.com, you are automatically redirected to the Barnes & Noble website.
As a Borders employee for many years — seven, to be exact — the closing of both my hometown Borders and the slow death of the Borders at Penn Plaza here in New York City leaves me feeling nostalgic for the better days of bookstores.
With Borders gone and a lack of chains in the area, I’ve tried my best to start shopping at my local independent bookstores more often. However, I’ve found that for me, independents are great for browsing, but when I’ve got a got a particular title in mind that I want to purchase, I just want to get in, get my book and get out.
And while having a dedicated space for booklovers is nice, the ease and inexpensive titles at Amazon have been a huge draw to me in the last few years. Amazon has become my go to place to make both print and e-book purchases and I don’t see this changing in the near future.
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