Rest in Peace, Borders. Actually, Rest in Horrible Fits.

Crying Borders a river.

As you might know, Borders has gone down the drain, just like Blockbuster before it, just like Roses before it, just like all bad retailers before it.  Why?  Because of horrible business practices, probably.  But don’t let me be the judgy judge of this horrible crime to the literary world.

Borders Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection and said it would close about one-third of its bookstores, after years of shriveling sales that made it impossible to manage its crushing debt load. The long-expected Chapter 11 filing will give the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain a chance to try to fix its finances and overhaul its business in an attempt to survive the growing popularity of online bookbuying and digital formats. But the chain still faces questions about its longer-term survival in the face of competition from larger rival Barnes & Noble Inc and discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp, as well as from Web retailer Amazon.com Inc and from Apple Inc in electronic books.

That’s right, Borders!  You suck!  Nah, not really.  And we shouldn’t be afraid of the digital stuff that’s going on.  The world changes and we have to change with it. Who’s fault is it?  It’s all our faults, all of us who buy books off Amazon or don’t buy books or borrow books or steal books.  It is all out fault.  But don’t feel guilty because Borders is an evil corporation.  Just me, they aren’t worried about you, so don’t spend too much of your brain time worrying about them.

 

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