I knew it would eventually happen, but even so, I was near tears when I read last week that Borders was closing all of its stores.
Two of the reasons I'm unhappy are convenience and discount coupons.
There are Barnes & Noble bookstores plus a Joseph-Beth in the city where I live, but they are on the other side of town and not very convenient to get to. Also, Borders and Waldenbooks always had discount coupons, but I seldom see them for B&N and JB.
In the past 10 years, near where I live, the following bookstores closed--Media Play, Little Professor, Borders, and the B Dalton and Waldenbooks in the closest enclosed mall. I am wondering if the nearby freestanding Waldenbooks store (which was there long before it was taken over by Borders) will continue to remain open. If it closes all that will be left are two Book Racks and a Half-Price Books and the occasional religious gift shop.
I know that many people are buying books over the Internet now, or even just downloading digital versions. But nothing will ever take the place of going to a bookstore just to browse and walk past the shelves. I feel as if a big part of my life is dying.