What Books Remain after Borders Liquidation?
With the liquidation and imminent demise of Borders Group, the streets of literary virtue are drenched with the blood of pedestrian interests. The buildings of communal story-telling burn with the fires of online isolation. The infants of literary genius are sacrificed on the altar of Walmart’s bargain books. A blights strikes at the heart and lungs of our nation’s spirit, community, and aspirations.
Without Borders bookstores, where will we go now to browse a wide array of titles? To feel and turn the pages of a fine book while drinking coffee and a scone. Barnes and Noble, number one bookseller and profitable company, twice the size of Borders with 1200 stores and generating 5.8 billion in revenue?
Without Borders, where will we be inspired by the readings of local writers? Where will poetry be slammed? Where will we find that obscure, hard-to-find title. How will my son get his Manga fix? The over 1200 independent bookstores in 50 states, catering to the demands of their community?
In a pinch, what will replace the convenience of ordering over the Internet on Borders Online? Amazon.com?
Now that the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain called it quits, we bid it adieu. Once liquidated, the literary age ends.
If only Borders had given me a job in 2003, preferably a VP of anything with an amazing salary, then liquidation and the literary apocalypse could have been avoided.