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More on Borders Books

February 16, 2011

So apparently it’s Borders Books day here on the blog, because I posted about it over at MadMike’sAmerica too.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Etsweiler permalink
    February 17, 2011 3:44 pm

    Borders failed to launch an effective Web presence, they failed to run their own point of sale operations, they signed long-term leases on grandiose retail spaces which they expensively modified, and they continued to live in the 1970’s, long into the 21st Century. Buggy whips. Carriage lanterns. The Magnificent Ambersons. Bankruptcy is the only solution (preferably Chapter 11). Either way, their landlords will suffer and many will likely fail, and many, perhaps most of, their employees will be thrown out into the streets of book-loving towns all over America. Their suppliers will take a beating in a tight market. Pity there is no model to follow. Oh, that’s right – Amazon. Barnes & Noble. I enjoyed their first big venture on State Street in the Campus Town area of Ann Arbor. Heady days, long gone. Good luck.


    • Jack Etsweiler permalink
      February 17, 2011 3:49 pm

      Sloppy proofing – should read “many, perhaps most, of their employees . . ..”


    • February 17, 2011 5:29 pm

      For all the talk of the demise of bookstores, I think you’re on to something. Borders was, in the end, a poorly run company that made many bad decisions. They’d have failed in a tough economic climate one way or the other. It has less to do with the “book” business than with just plain business. Thanks for the comment!


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