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Bookstore woes Downunder

For discussion about particular book sellers (brick-and-mortar bookstores, online book sellers, auction sites, swap sites, etc.)
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Alisha Marie Klapheke
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Location: Franklin, TN
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Postby Alisha Marie Klapheke » Fri February 18th, 2011, 11:18 pm

It all just makes me sad. My favorite date is dinner and then the bookstore. I love the library, but it's just not the same. I blogged about my dream bookstore--Backlash Bookstore: For the Love of Books--today. It is silly but I wish, I wish...

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fljustice
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Postby fljustice » Sat February 19th, 2011, 4:39 pm

Lovely blog post, Alisha. I wanted to buy books there. I added your blog to my own blog roll. Also loved the theme. ;)
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Michy
Bibliophile
Location: California

Postby Michy » Sat February 19th, 2011, 4:40 pm

Just found out that Borders is closing its store on Union Square in San Francisco. :( :( :( I love that store! It's always busy, too, so I don't understand.... unless the rent is so exorbitant (probably) that it just can't make money.......

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Alisha Marie Klapheke
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Location: Franklin, TN
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Postby Alisha Marie Klapheke » Sun February 20th, 2011, 5:12 am

Oh, Michy. It's just not right! I don't know if my Borders is on the list of closing yet or not...

Thanks, FLJustice, I read yours on the Egyptians and their issue with antiquity looting. My God, I never thought of that occurring in the midst of all their trouble. It's just a shame. Thank goodness the people are rising to protect their heritage. It must be heartbreaking. I will add you to my blogroll as well if I haven't already.

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fljustice
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Postby fljustice » Sun February 20th, 2011, 3:47 pm

"Alisha Marie Klapheke" wrote:I will add you to my blogroll as well if I haven't already.


Thanks, Alisha!
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun February 20th, 2011, 9:01 pm

"Alisha Marie Klapheke" wrote:Oh, Michy. It's just not right! I don't know if my Borders is on the list of closing yet or not...

here's a list of the borders stores closing.
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Margaret
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favorite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
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Postby Margaret » Mon February 21st, 2011, 2:42 am

It's a worldwide phenomenon. My beloved Powell's here in Portland, Oregon, USA just laid off 30 employees. These are layoffs, not a store closing, and Powell's does have an internet presence. Still, the cause is the decline in customers for bricks-and-mortar bookstores, and not only the rise of buying books online but also the dramatic rise of buying books in e-format, especially for the Kindle.

While I still do not have a Kindle, I do see its appeal. For me, the biggest appeal is not having to decimate forests in order to publish books. Although I hate reading anything longer than a few paragraphs online, I had the chance to look at someone's Kindle on a recent plane trip, and the format did seem to be exceptionally easy to read. All the same, I'm not ready to make the shift from print-and-paper reading to reading on an electronic device. Years ago, I made the shift from hand-writing my own work on paper with a pen to writing on a computer, and while I resisted the change at first, now that I have done it, I will never go back. I suspect I will feel the same way about e-reading devices. Not sure if I will get a Kindle or hold out for a different variety of reader (perhaps not yet developed).
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Rowan
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Interest in HF: I love history, but it's boring in school. Historical fiction brings it alive for me.
Preferred HF: Iron-Age Britain, Roman Britain, Medieval Britain
Location: New Orleans
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Postby Rowan » Mon February 21st, 2011, 4:57 pm

It's just depressing. They're closing both stores here in New Orleans. Sure, we have Barnes & Noble still along with a scattering of smaller bookshops, but I don't like B&N and those small bookshops are all in New Orleans and a pain to get to when you live in another town. Of course the Baton Rouge store gets to stay open, but that's an hour away.

While I did invest in an iPad last month for my birthday, I still enjoy the traditional print. My living arrangements limit the amount of space I have for books so I felt the iPad was a worth while investment. I have two categories for my reading. Books that I want to read and have to own and books that I want to read, but don't necessarily need to own. My iPad will be full of the latter type and when I have more room in the future I will buy the "real" books that I want to own.

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fljustice
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Postby fljustice » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 4:53 pm

"MLE" wrote:here's a list of the borders stores closing.


Just checked and they're closing three of the five stores in Manhattan; but not the one I most frequent at Columbus Circle.
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