Bankruptcy for Borders

Sad to read about this, but I think almost everyone assumed it was inevitable.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/borders-files-for-bankruptcy/

I just got what may be my final shipment Monday from Borders (I ordered the new Bobby Fischer biography from their downtown Indy location since they didn’t have it in stock). I always jokingly referred to them (Borders) as “Full Price Books.” I feel kind of bad about that now. Well, a little.

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9 Comments

  1. Kathy said,

    February 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I’ll miss Borders. I’ll miss feeling the books in my hands and it’s the most convenient store for me to visit. (Besides, I have a GC I need to spend there 😦 )

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    • Jay said,

      February 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      They said they were still honoring the Gift Certificates and Cards. I’d still use it sooner rather than later, though. 🙂

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  2. Stacey S said,

    February 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I looked on the Wall Street Journal site, they have a list of store closings. The only ones in the Indy area are downtown & Carmel.

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  3. Melody said,

    February 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Looks like they are closing the 2 closest to me. It’ll be sad to see them close, even if I didn’t often go in them.

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  4. Dale Barthauer said,

    February 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I have fond memories of the Borders store in downtown Indy. Hopefully it will stay there, but I admit that I rarely buy anything from them.

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  5. Jay said,

    February 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I rarely buy anything there either, but I often get gift cards for Christmas and my birthday. Sometimes if I’m downtown in the neighborhood I stop by there and usually cannot resist an impulse buy or two…

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  6. Judson said,

    February 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I want the physical sensory experience of browsing for books over a cup of really good coffee. The people who predict the demise of the bookstore compare it to the fate of the video rental store. They think that readers will take to Kindle the way that movie fans took to Netflix. It won’t happen. Spending and enjoyable afternoon in a nice bookstore is about as close to dashing in and out of a Blockbuster as a day at the beach is to 15 minutes in a tanning booth. I will occasionally buy online … always have … but I will still want to spend time in the bookstore.

    — Judson

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    • Jay said,

      February 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Agreed, Judson. You are the first person to point out the difference of the sensory experience of the ‘browsing’ step of the process, though. I agree that the Netflix/Blockbuster is a rather weak analogy too.

      -Jay

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      • Jay said,

        February 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

        Oh, and I love your gravatar pic, by the way…

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