It's a bit ironic, after all, since Borders was seen as driving many of the smaller, independent bookstores out of business, only now to be driven out of business itself by online vendors and now e-readers. And I'll admit to being one of those people who probably spent far too much time reading and browsing at Borders, and not buying. Frankly, I can't remember the last time I actually bought a book at Borders, because, like everyone else apparently, I could find it on Amazon for a better price. And it would be delivered to my door.
But I'm sorry that people will be losing their jobs, especially students for whom this gig represented much-needed income, and that it's because their corporate honchos couldn't keep up with the changing tide of the public's interest in books and e-readers. I'm sorry that we've lost a place that we can regularly stop in on a winter's afternoon to leaf through a few pages of
Still, rather than actually spending any money, I was a bit surprised at how heartless I was in the sad, disorganized, discounted store the other day, because the first thing that went through my head was: "Only 20% off list price? Come on, I can still get it cheaper online."