The Lorton Perspective: Borders Bookstores Closing

Where do you buy your books, and what are you thoughts on the book seller's liquidation?

Patch was out and about Lorton today looking for heat hibernators to talk about one of today's big stories: the bankruptcy and closing of Borders book stores.

With the impending closing of our local Borders stores, where will you shop now, and do you think your favorite bookstore is next?

Bruce Follmer: "We usually go to to Borders... and I'm really going to miss it because it's very convenient for one thing and I just feel more comfortable in a Borders. It's a big loss for us."

Shelby Walter: "I buy my books at Barnes and Noble... I hope they aren't next. I guess the technical companies are making more money than the bookstores now."

Angelica SanDiego: "I buy my books everywhere. I just got an e-reader tablet but there aren't any books on there yet. It's sad, but at the same time technology is changing things. It's inevitable. I'm still a little skeptical about e-readers. I think I'm going to want an actual physical copy of any book I have on my e-reader anyway."

Catherine Connolly: "We usually shop at Barnes and Noble, but I think it's a shame that they (Borders) are closing. I worked for a publishing company in my younger years. I believe in reading an actual book. I'm sorry to see them go."

John Connolly: "I don't know that it's Borders problem that they are closing. As a business entity they made mistakes. It is depressing. We're into the good old fashioned book. Our kids have e-readers, but we're not ready for them."

Jefferson Sutton: "I do buy my books at Borders and I don't like them closing, but that's the way the market works. They got behind on the e-books. They didn't get involved early enough."

Elizabeth Obenchain: "It's a sad state both for Barnes and Noble and for Borders. I think it's a sign of our times. You either need to get into the technology part of it with e-books, Kindle -- I think the Nook saved Barnes and Noble, but I still think they are the next to go. It's really unfortunate."

Jean Westcott July 21, 2011 at 06:35 PM
There might be some good news about the Woodbridge location http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/woodbridge-borders-may-be-saved-if-books-a-million-deal-is-approved
C Nelson July 22, 2011 at 12:44 AM
I probably shop at Borders and Barnes & Noble equally, and I am sad to hear that Borders is going out of business. Is B&N next? I sincerely hope not.
Leith July 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Boo hoo:(
Tracy Bank July 22, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Leith, that is my thought exactly! I shop both Borders and Barnes and Noble, depending one where I'm at when I need a book -- maybe the independent bookstores will benefit from their closing?
Sally Spangler September 07, 2011 at 03:43 PM
I shopped at Borders at first. Then I decided to check out the "new boy on the block" - the one that gave direct 10% discount to everything, including the coffee and snacks, tea, candy! Much better than a promise for something later, maybe. Sorry, the Borders just didn't meet it! Sorry they are gone, however.


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