Borders is closing 200 stores. While I feel horrible for the people losing their jobs I have to say a big YIPPEE!!
I am a Bibliophile, it's a problem. I have shelves of books and still have six paper boxes full. Small book stores, big book stores, online book stores, library book sales, yard sales, church bazaar's - anywhere you can buy a book I have bought a book. New books, old books, used books, dusty books, broken books - I have them all. Not to mention making almost daily visits to the library across the street from my office, I wear out library cards like some people wear out Mastercards.
When I first encountered Borders I was addicted. So many volumes in one clean, comfortable space. So much to see and do and all the time smelling wonderful coffee. So much information and so many hard to find works on the shelves. Then my friend got a job there and suddenly he had a coffee table at home covered in books. I joked with him that he was spending his whole paycheck. But he wasn't. They were borrowed. He borrowed them from Borders, a policy that is encouraged so that staff will be knowledgeable about product. Then they go back to the store and back on the shelf and are sold to the customer as new books AT FULL PRICE. That's right, the new book you just bought was the toilet reading choice of Chuck the guy who works at Borders. And not just Chuck, Fred and Frank took it home and read it too. I love my used books, I love my new books. I like paying $2 for a book and I like paying full price for a crack the seam myself book. I object to paying $20 for something that sat in someone else's house and is now being sold as new. BORDERS LIES.
Since then I have discovered an affection for all my local bookstores (and Amazon shhh don't tell them) and only once have I broken my vow to never shop at Borders again - I needed a new Bible and don't live in the South, so online or Borders were pretty much my only options and I needed to look through it first. Avoidance has become harder to do since Paperchase moved across the pond and into Borders - sigh - I miss my little store at Euston Station.
So when I hear that they are in Chapter 11 and closing 200 stores I'm sorry but I have to smile.