I was uber-sad when I heard this, and then uber-happy when I found out my Borders wasn't going to close. Usually, when a store goes out of business, I often ask myself: Well... how often did you actually go there? But with Borders the answer is: a lot. It's the only physical bookstore where I buy books because they have coupons, and I'm a starving college student.
However, even though I do go to Borders, the books I order there are FAR outnumbered by the books I order online. I'm an Amazon-addict. They're prices are always great, I get free two day shipping, and it makes it easy to pre-order! And so I have been feeling a little guilty (which will become blatantly obvious if you read this entire post).
Up above I posted the results of the survey I did a few weeks ago, where 27% of you say that you get the majority of your books from a major-chain bookstore. Compared to the 18% who buy them online. This gives me hope. Maybe so long as there are more of you than there are of me, bookstores will still survive. I really hope so. Because even though this whole crisis did inspire me to run to my local Borders and buy a book, I still will buy the majority of my books online.
post on the whole issue that made me want to run out to a store. I totally agree with her. I really don't want bookstores to go out of business. I LOVE the bookstore atmosphere. And it's bookstores that host all the fabulous author-events I go to. However, I do prefer online ordering. It's the sad truth. If faced with the choice between keeping Amazon in business and keeping Borders in business, I'd choose Amazon.
Does that make me a horrible person?
I'm a patron of both, and I certainly won't ever stop going to bookstores, but when it comes to price they just can't compete. Maybe someday when I'm a millionaire high-school teacher (ha!) then I'll be able to afford paying full price for a book, then I'll have a road trip where I visit all the bookstores (indy and chain) all around my area. Until then, though, I'm going to go for cheapness and ease.
I totally began this post in support of bookstores. But the more I think about it... the more I'm afraid that bookstores may just be out of luck. I would feel so, so, so, devastated if Borders of B&N ever went completely under. But would my life be completely altered? No. Not so long as I have Amazon.
And so, I open myself up to your comments. This post didn't go the way I thought it would, but at least I'm still honest.
Oh. And just to add one more nail, I'd like to end by saying I really dislike eBooks (which Borders has kinda said is what drove them under). But that's a story for a different time.
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