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Borders bankruptcy
February 17, 2011

I'm an independent bookstore lover. Unfortunately, on Kauai there is a Borders and a small mostly used independent bookstore. The Borders is about a mile from my house, and the other is a half hour drive.

I'm at the Borders three or four days a week when I'm in town. I go there (and the attached Seattle's Best Coffee) to browse, buy books, write, read, and enjoy their AC. I gave a book reading and signing there, and have a few copies of Oh! on the shelves.

I know to some it's a sacrilege to even step foot in a Borders. The chain (along with the other large chain and Amazon) is blamed for putting many independent bookstores out of business. It is likely a fact that some stores went out of business because of Borders. And that isn't good. But many have survived, and that is because they had a good business model to compete. In any business there is always going to be attacks and problems to deal with.

I love independent bookstores, I love bookstores. So I go to Borders as I don't have a choice. Now Borders is going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and they are closing 200 stores, including the one on Kauai. Some are rejoicing, but I will miss it.

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Gail
Have you read "A Novel Bookstore" by Laurence Cosse? It is a novel that makes an interesting commentary on one type of independent bookstore while making a larger commentary on publishing in general. I'd be interested in your take on it.

Todd
Thanks for the tip, Gail. I'll definitely read it and let you know my take.

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