People don’t read (books) no mo’. All they do is what we are doing right now: reading things from the internet.
As a result, the now-bankrupt Borders has cancelled its plans to sell its remaining 400 stores and will instead liquidate its remaining inventory. Great sales will surely come, but 11k employees will be out of work. Look for sales to come as soon as Friday at your local Borders.
As someone who is still mourning the loss of most of the country’s record store chains, its awful sad to see Borders joining Kroch’s and Brentano’s, Crown Books, B.Dolton and all the indie shops that have went to bookseller heaven. For the coolness of the Kindle and the iPad and the other mobile book reading devices, there is something to be said about going into a bookstore, picking up a real life actual book and flipping through its pages as you sip on some sort of saddity coffee. We aren’t going to have to leave our homes to do much of anything soon. Grocery stores deliver, you got Drugstore.com and movies streaming straight to your computer. As soon as they can bring the nightclub to your door, we’re all gonna be recluses.
Clutchettes, do you have a favorite bookstore? If so, shout it out so that we may keep that sucker alive! If you are a New Yorker, be sure to check out Hueman Books on Fredrick Douglass; Strand is also an amazing monstrous land of many, many books. DC folks, the Howard University Bookstore has a great selection of Black titles (just dont go at the beginning of the school year for the book rush).