I’m not even exaggerating when I say this (or rather yesterday…I’m just a little slow) is the saddest day in the history of nerds and English majors everywhere:
After Borders, the 40-year-old retail chain that helped define the age of the book superstore, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, the struggling book industry was left wondering what was next — and maybe even who was next.
The troubles of Borders are rooted in a series of strategic missteps, executive turnover and a failure to understand the digital revolution — problems in many ways of Borders’ own making. But as those in the volatile industry digested the news that most saw coming, they were acutely aware of the bigger picture: that in a fast-evolving bookselling environment there is slim margin for error.(NYTimes.com)
I honestly can’t imagine life without Borders (both literally and figuratively). I don’t think I’ve ever once walked into a Borders and NOT left with at least 4 books as part of their “Buy 3, Get the 4th Free” deal. Maybe that’s the issue? Maybe Borders was giving away too many 4th books??
I don’t mean to go on a rant, but this is actually really frustrating for me. I get that we’re in a digital age and I should probably be reading my Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy mystery novels on a Kindle or iPad but I honestly don’t think I can give up the hard copy. There’s something about holding a physical book in your hand and turning its pages that makes you feel like you’re accomplishing something; that you’re maybe even doing something right with your life. Maybe that’s just me…
Whatever, e-readers of the world. You may win this time, but you’ll always be a socially awkward loser in my eyes. And that counts for a lot more than you think.