The recent news that the American (and Australian) Borders Bookstores are being liquidated and closed represents the end of an era for me. For over 10 years, Borders was my bookstore of choice in the US.
Ironically, moving to Singapore has drastically changed both my reading and my book purchase style. In general, I purchase E-books for Kindle (and that loyalty is the big reason I’m switching from an iPhone to an Android phone), as the price of a book in Singapore is significantly higher than their US equivalent. There are sometimes selection issues as well that make buying American E-books the easiest and most convienent choice as well. When I do buy phyiscal books (photogrpahy books, manuals, travel guides) my bookstore of choice is Kinokuniya, a Japanese chain whose anchor store is about triple the size of the local Borders.
Yes, we have Borders. And no, they’re not part of the bankruptcy-they are a wholly private company that has the rights to use the name and branding of Borders. Although, as Ravi and I discovered on Saturday night, they seem to be moving away from the close identification with US Borders Bookstores, and are aggressively rebranding themselves as “Borders Singapore”
Ravi took this photo with his phone
I don’t think the reality of the US Borders closing has actually hit me, nor will it until I’m driving around my home area and just see empty stores where the books used to live. Which will likely make me very sad.
To be honest, if the Borders in Singapore closed tomorrow, I wouldn’t really care. I like Kinokuniya SO MUCH more here, and like I noted, I mostly do e-books on my kindle app. But the closed Borders back home will definitely affect me.