Au Revoir Borders
I’m so sad about Borders closing.
But I’m also the reason Borders is closing.
I’ve visited bookstores regularly the last few years, even as the digital age dawned and my Kindle filled up. I’ve made it a point to buy books when I visit bookstores.
But last month when I visited Borders (this was before their liquidation announcement) I spotted two books I absolutely HAD to have right away. I was torn. I really wanted them on my Kindle. Didn’t want to carry around the hardcovers. So I walked out of Borders and sat on a bench, and right then and there, ordered two books via the Kindle app on my phone.
And then I froze, realizing…
IT’S ALL MY FAULT.
If Borders doesn’t survive, I thought, this will be on my head. I’m to blame here.
And not a week later, it was all over for Borders.
I love bookstores and real, paper-and-ink books. And yet, and yet… I love reading electronically too! I want both! I want to read electronically and still have the luxury of hanging out in bookstores! Why, oh why can’t I have both???
Thank you, Borders, for being there. Thank you for being huge and having almost every book I could ever want. Thank you for being in malls so I’d have a place to hang out while my kids shopped. Thanks for the café and for those comfortable chairs where I’ve spent so many afternoons.
I’m sorry for my love of all things digital. Sorry I started splitting my time between you and my Kindle.
I will miss you.