Borders files for Chapter 11 bankrupt...

Borders files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

There are 10 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Feb 16, 2011, titled Borders files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

Bookseller Borders, which helped pioneer superstores that put countless mom-and-pop bookshops out of business, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, sunk by crushing debt and sluggishness in adapting to a rapidly changing industry.

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Autis MMafia

York, PA

#1 Feb 16, 2011
Yorkers read?
I think not so much
BIGGIE

York, PA

#2 Feb 16, 2011
Iam still in shock that BORDERS of York is open, with all the..bigots.."good ol'days loving" closed minds here in York,Pa. That a BOOK store is open is nothing short of AMAZING...!!

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#3 Feb 16, 2011
There will be individual days of reckoning when people will realize they've become the property of their Kindles, iPads, Readers, and computers and will pine over the loss of retailers that they could visit to physically view a product, a book, or any other item and interact with a friend, a salesperson, perhaps an author or trainer. I am an avid computer user; but I fully intend to reduce my time online this year and replace it with activities that involve other people...hope you'll think about it.
Bottled Up

York, PA

#4 Feb 16, 2011
Apparently "BIGGIE", the local intellectual hasn't been in the Borders store in York. It is usually packed. Hopefully the York store will remain open. I'm there quite often.
Borders Patrol

New Freedom, PA

#5 Feb 16, 2011
TierneyNotes wrote:
There will be individual days of reckoning when people will realize they've become the property of their Kindles, iPads, Readers, and computers and will pine over the loss of retailers that they could visit to physically view a product, a book, or any other item and interact with a friend, a salesperson, perhaps an author or trainer. I am an avid computer user; but I fully intend to reduce my time online this year and replace it with activities that involve other people...hope you'll think about it.
...and thank you for the coffee stains and nicotine fingerprints on the otherwise pristine book I would have bought if you hadn't first "browsed" it without buying it. Plenty of online sites for book excerpts, overviews and critical reviews without you having to paw the book in the store. We have to assume you have a computer, or you wouldn't be here.
BIGGIE

York, PA

#6 Feb 17, 2011
Bottled Up wrote:
Apparently "BIGGIE", the local intellectual hasn't been in the Borders store in York. It is usually packed. Hopefully the York store will remain open. I'm there quite often.
As am I , and thanks for the compliment. You have made my day......
Henry Behr

York, PA

#7 Jul 18, 2011
Although I work at the library in York and continue to get most of my books there, I always enjoy browsing the books at Borders. Just feels good to see all the new books, talk with people about books, enjoy the coffee and get away from the hustle of life. It was a place you could read and relax. I know that does not sell a lot of books at Borders, but I for one will surely miss this store/home. Hopefully Barnes and Noble will take their place.
Just_Me

United States

#8 Jul 19, 2011
TierneyNotes wrote:
I fully intend to reduce my time online this year and replace it with activities that involve other people...hope you'll think about it.
Like Twitter on your mobile phone...

If you subscribe to cable TV, your "property of our Kindles" argument becomes weakened.

Really... think about it. Are you also pining for old televisions with tuning knobs, horizontal/vertical hold controls, and rotating outdoor antennas?

Would you still rather be finding your way around unfamiliar roads with a half folded down paper map that does little to show you the street details or traffic direction, or would a functioning consumer GPS be a safer alternative?

How does that CD or satellite audio sound in the car? I'll bet it's more convenient with your steering wheel controls to manage your in-vehicle listening environment than cassette or 8-Tracks used to provide.

While I am also saddened by the loss of another major retail store, times do change. As the article stated, Borders did not adapt quickly enough and are now suffering the consequences. If they had made more inroads toward a strong online shopping experience, along with their retail stores, then they'd probably be a worthy competitor of Amazon.com .
Man in Black

East Berlin, PA

#9 Jul 19, 2011
The simple fact is digital is cheaper. No paper, storage, transport, shipping, rent, sales tax. The publisher makes more and(assuming the author has a good agent) so does the author. In fact digital makes it easier for others to get published since the overhead is gone for the publisher. I have over 2000 paper books. Last year I switched to digital. I will likely buy had cover first editions of some books. It will be even easier because Of the savings I get buying digital copies of others not worthy of hardback. Paperbacks are dead.

“It's 420 here.”

Since: Jun 07

cold comfort farm

#10 Jul 19, 2011
The demise of Borders is two fold. One, we have a truly sick economy, with people in power totally out of touch with reality (much like Bush 41, amazed by a bar code reader).
But, the reality is everything is evolving at breakneck speeds. Remember the Beta tape, VHS, cassette tapes, open reel recorders, 8 tracks, standard dvds, DAT?
Even TV's now offer 3D. Landfills can't keep up with the clutter of disgarded appliances.
Change is inevitable. The death of books per se is hard to accept.

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