…Bring Down The Walls


Ardent admirers of the concrete, page-turning written word, this is not a drill.  I repeat, this is not a drill.  We’ve lost another one. Prepare for battle.

No doubt, you’ve heard by now that Borders has announced they will be closing their remaining 399 stores.

Over 10,000 will lose their jobs, and millions will be losing their local bookstore hangout spot.

The important thing to remember when dealing with a potential crisis is not to panic.

So, let’s focus on the positives. With fewer of us wandering the aisles of Borders, we can take our cause to the street. Turn our pages proudly next to those mobs of Kindles and e-readers.

We can also support our local libraries. They’ll let you hang out for hours, and not care that you didn’t buy anything.

Grace those other bookstores with our presence. Yes, some of them (Barnes & Noble) may be a little too eager to support the e-book onslaught (damn Nook), but we can remind them what still takes up the majority of their shelf space.

To those of you starting to lose faith. First of all, step away from the Kindle, and then remember what we’re actually fighting for here.

Do you really want to live in a completely electronic world? Imagine it, no human interaction; everything is made of and paid for with plastic.

Technology is fun, entertaining and useful (at times), but it still needs to be questioned.

So, stay strong my fellow book-readers, and prepare to turn the page to a new chapter in our battle.

More on the Story: NYTimes

2 Comments Add yours

  1. BCM says:

    I will miss my local Borders…too convenient and a great book browsing place. The Library is a great idea!


  2. Uncle Fuzzy says:

    I admit being somewhat split on this issue. On the one hand, I am attracted to the simplicity of one electronic device would allow me to take multiple books and magazines with me so I can read when time permits and have a variety of material to chose from. But at the end of the day at home, who wouldn’t prefer a nice thick book with lots of pages to turn?

    I enjoy browsing in a bookstore. And, I can’t help but think that part of Borders problems were there own doing. Had they not crowded out books over the years in favor of music, movies, coffee and other items, perhaps I would have spent more time browsing in their stores.

    For the record, I have not gone electronic yet. I am strongly considering getting one to replace magazines, thus reducing the household clutter.


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