posted in the New Yorker blog.
Boston Globe – “THE LIQUIDATION of Borders Books, announced last week, is like the death of an unlikely friend – unlikely because Borders was itself implicated in the slow-motion degradation of the culture of the book. The story began in 1971, when brothers Tom and Louis Borders, students at the University of Michigan, established a book shop in Ann Arbor. They were among the first to grasp the potential of digital technology, inventing software that revolutionized how inventories were tracked. Borders became a book-selling powerhouse. The company proved insufficiently nimble, though, when online ordering – via Amazon or the Barnes & Noble website – transformed the point of sale, and digital files – via Kindle, Nook, or iPad – replaced paper publication entirely. The technology that made Borders boom ultimately killed it.”
Holyoke’s Andy Laties, 51, argues that now is the perfect time to open an independent bookshop (yes, really).
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Denver Post – “The Park Hill Community Bookstore is not much to look at, its three tightly packed floors of shelves crammed with 30,000 volumes, the bulk of them used.
And its business plan — a not-for- profit collective supported by 500 members, 50 volunteers and one paid staffer — isn’t what ambitious MBA candidates at Wharton fantasize about.
Yet the bookstore is thriving at a time when once-booming corporate models such as Borders have closed like unread copies of “Anna Karenina.”