- Posted August 18, 2011 by
Yorba Linda, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ode to Borders
I have a lot of great memories when it comes to Borders.
I started hanging out and reading my poetry at one in Richmond, Virginia in the early 90’s. It was a great atmosphere for relaxation.
I believe that was probably one of the problems with Borders, too many people hanging out and not buying books. I also never bought a DVD or CD from them because they were too expensive. I also saw a lot of unnecessary inventory like stuffed animals, toys, and cosmetic bags.
I noticed upon one of my many visits several years back that they got rid of all the comfortable seating around the bookshelves and you could only sit in the coffee shop area. Still, there were lots of people with their laptops enjoying the free WI-FI and at times browsing through a magazine before putting it back on the shelf.
So, I see the bad business decisions they had made, but still I will miss them.
What is really depressing is that the closest Barnes & Noble is 10 miles away. Not that convenient.
I still haven’t bought my first e-book yet. I have no real desire to do so. I guess it will just be more library time for me and the kids.
**This is meant to be facetious, but in no way disparage any public figure.