When I was a seminary student, I lived across the street from a Borders Bookstore. I spent a great deal of time there studying for class and browsing the stacks. In the mid 90’s, national chain bookstores like Borders seemed to be coming into their own. That is no more.
Yesterday Borders announced that it will be closing all of its stores by the end of September. The Associated Press reports that “It was brought down by heightened competition by discounters and online booksellers, as well as the growth in popularity of electronic books.”
I get a little sad every time one of these bricks and mortar sellers goes belly up. After Borders gives up the ghost, Barnes & Noble will be the only national bookstore chain left standing. Perhaps Barnes & Noble will survive the digital onslaught. We’ll see.