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      CommentAuthorBexx B.S.
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2011
    wow I didn't think we had any more stores in Australia. I've no idea what is going to happen to them. All of the cafes are now closed down. They've taken the chairs out and such. Tomorrow - Saturday the signs go up and the sales start. Employees have been getting harassed by customers all day today. - and I guess there are some employees that have been getting bounced paychecks.. ;( it's getting kinda scary. I feel bad for my friends and old co-workers.
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    Am I totally mistaken in thinking that sales in brick-and-mortar bookshops have been tanking for years, since before the ebook market explosion? Was under the impression that web retailers (ok, Amazon) have been undercutting them savagely.

    The big chains were doing badly before Amazon was even relevant. Borders and B&N built too many stores, the stores were often too big, and they bought too many smaller chains with different business models and demographics. But nobody bothered to apply the brakes during the boom years because American business was being run by people who pretended that they could keep expanding forever on cheap foreign credit.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2011
    It's a shame, Borders has always seemed to have a better stock than B&N. I thought they were going to be out of business years ago.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2011
    Checked out a clearance sale today, and they were doing brisk business. I did pick up some William Burroughs mostly as a courtesy. The pricing is still higher than Amazon even at sale prices...20% off graphic novels isn't really good enough to get me away from my local LCBS.
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    It's a shame, Borders has always seemed to have a better stock than B&N. I thought they were going to be out of business years ago.

    Borders always had a better stock, but the stores were never well organized and the staff didn’t know where anything was. I always kind of enjoyed that because it encouraged wandering around with a cup of coffee. But I remember going to a B&N where the history section was kept under the watchful eye of a retired historian who couldn’t understand why I would bother reading The Gallic War in English.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2011
    When my Dad started his PhD (in Roman studies), his advisor told him to start by reading a shelf-ful of books, in the next two weeks. "But: I don't read German?!" - "Alright: three weeks, then."
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    I effectively stopped shopping in Borders anywhere a couple years ago. It became frustrating that their selection was always geared so greatly towards sort of pop book markets, which of course were the first thing to take a major hit when the whole economic freakout happened. Meanwhile, I was one of a sizable number of people showing up to buy genre stuff, comics, sort of classic literature, history, philosophy, that kind of stuff on a regular basis, or at least requesting certain items on a regular basis, but the general stocking of the store never budged. Meanwhile, a couple of smaller stores in my area shifted their stock to fit the local trends and requests. It didn't hurt that the people in the local book stores and comic shops were nice and you could actually talk to them about things, get suggestions, all that. My fond memories stretch only so far as Borders consistently stocking Philip K. Dick, Terry Pratchett, Neal Stephenson and the like, which helped me get their things quite well. Anyone even marginally more obscure than those rather big names, though, and it was as likely for me to find a book as it was for me to turn into a sea of eels right there in the store.