Borders Books is closing? Really? Yawn. Seriously. Although I feel for the nearly 11,000 employees who will lose their jobs, and the publishers who will suffer when unsold books are returned and bills are left unpaid, I don’t see how this will impact me in the slightest.
Borders didn’t carry my book. I was never tempted to arrange an event at a Borders. I haven’t shopped in a Borders for years (other than an attempt to bargain hunt at a store-closing sale earlier this year) and the last time I tried to do so I was horrified by the staff’s lack of book knowledge. When I worked in DC, I used to visit Borders often on my lunch hour, and possibly they started losing money when I moved away. But Barnes & Noble long ago passed Borders as my favorite superstore, for inventory alone–not to mention ambiance, coffee, and competence.
And the closest Borders to me now is about 100 miles away. The Barnes & Noble branches aren’t exactly close–there’s one in Harrisonburg and one in Charlottesville–but they’re in reach. And there are decent independent bookstores much closer. I may not be able to browse much in those stores, but they will be happy to order for me–and be polite and efficient while doing it.
So I can’t get too broken up about the loss of Borders. There are plenty of problems in the book business, but Borders’ wounds were self-inflicted.