Does Anyone Miss Borders?

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  1. Ms. I

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    So Borders stores have been closed for a while now. Does anyone miss it?

    I sure do because they were close & had a nice sitting area in their connected coffee shop. My BF & I would just sit there & go through tons of mags on a regular basis.

    My closest B&N doesn't have any sitting area because there's no coffe shop within it, so there's no place to just sit & relax. They just have a few single chairs in these awkward places. The farther B&N a few cities away is nice, but farther & the sitting arrangement still isn't as nice as my Borders.

    It's just not the same anymore. :mad:
     
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  3. bison

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    I prefer locally owned small bookstores, and then B&N.
     
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    I agree. Our Barnes and Noble has really nice seating and study areas.
     
  5. LMichele

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    How about just going to a library if you're looking to sit, relax, and read?
     
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    We only have one local bookstore that doesn't have any sitting areas. Our library has a nice sitting area. The closest B&N is about 25 minutes and it is nice! I never went to Borders because there just wasn't any ones close by.
     
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    Never had one, so nope....
     
  8. Ms. I

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    It's definitely not the same feeling. I guess the B&N about 30 min away from me is the best so far.
     
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    I never liked Borders. There are two locally owned bookstores that I like, but I usually just buy online these days.
     
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    I don't guess I ever went to a Borders. I would rather shoot my foot than hang out in B&N's cafe area, though.
     
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    There was one near here that was nice.

    But I much prefer to sit at home and read than to do so in a store. So I'm very happy ordering online, or just downloading a book.
     
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    I never really liked Borders. We didn't have any small book stores, but when I had a choice I used B&N instead.
     
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    I enjoyed our small locally owned bookstore, but when it closed I went to Borders. The layout of the store just made sense to me, and I don't have the same feeling about B&N. I'm actually not crazy about the coffee shop/bookstore phenomenon- maybe because I don't drink coffee. I won't buy a book if it looks like someone else has been reading it (except at the library book sale). A new book should have that never-been-opened feel to it. Just my opinion.
     
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    I never liked Borders. I recently cleaned out my gift certificate wallet...threw away an unused Borders card.
     
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    Ha!

    I agree. I'm definitely NOT the type who loves to hang out at the coffee shops every other day w/ my ipad or laptop & sit for hours.

    Only when I'm with my BF, just another way to get out of the house, we like to gather mags & sit for no more than an hour ONLY about once a month when the new issues come out & look through mags.

    Soon, I won't care to do this much because I plan to take advantage of this program where for $10/month, I get access to current & back issues of 100 mags in digital format on my iPad! Ahh, all at my fingertips & I can slowly get rid of all my old, yet undread mags that are piled up here.
     
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    I miss it. It was the only bookstore near me. I could browse for hours. I don't like waiting for Amazon to deliver my books, I want instant gratification! The closest bookstore is probably 45 minutes away now.
     
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    Don't think I was ever in one. No bookstores in my town. Hastings is in the next town. I don't like it all that much. My favorite is Joseph-Beth, but it's a 100 mile round trip.
     
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    I miss it. I loved their chai tea
     
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    I do. I'm not a coffee shop type person either, but I thought it had a bigger selection of books, and it was definitely more fun to browse around in. So many times I came across interesting books that I never would have heard of otherwise (lots of interesting non-fiction, etc). I read a few years ago that B&N was unofficially changing their "open door policy" of encouraging customers to sit around and read by getting rid of couches/stuffed chairs. I did notice after that the stores around me slowly eased away to just a few hard chairs in the corner and now there are none (other than the coffee shop).
     
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    I do, but not for the same reasons. We usually ask our students to buy their own copies of the Shakespeare plays we read at the different levels. I used to be able to call Borders and tell them, "Hey, you're going to get 100 kids in next week looking for Macbeth," and they'd just get copies in and keep them behind the counter. B&N won't do that.
     
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    Our Barnes and Noble does.
     
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    OMG, YES! There used to be a Borders near my house and I would hang out there all the time to grade papers or work on my writing projects with an artist friend. I always liked Borders better than Barnes and Noble because Borders had those "look up a book" kiosks that you could type in the title you wanted, whereas Barnes and Noble you have to line up at the help desk and ask.

    However, I feel like a bit of a hypocrite because I own 2 Kindles and an IPad which I use to read novels and articles daily. Plus my cell phone. I also love that you can read a lot of e-books that aren't published in hardback on amazon.com (especially certain racy ones that shall go unnamed:whistle:)
     
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    I dislike big bookstores, for the same reason that I dislike Scholastic and Arrow and the Book Fair at school-they are becoming more about toys and trinkets and erasers and bendy pencils and One Direction posters and padlocks for your SuperRad diary and blah, blah, blah...with a few books tossed in. Half of which are joke books and crap, rather than actual literature.

    /rant
     
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    It always makes me so sad to go to our book fair now. I remember LOVING it as a child, and having trouble picking out only a couple of books. Now all the kids go to are the trinkets and posters. I don't blame the kids because it can be hard to walk away from that stuff, but it has no business being at a book fair.

    It's interesting to see how book stores have changed throughout the years. I remember when people were upset that Borders was driving small bookstores out of business. Now online is driving the big bookstores out of business. Makes me miss the "old days"
     
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    My grandma says that's her favorite bookstore anywhere. It's hours and hours on a plane for us though! She'll usually go to Joseph Beth 2 or 3 times in a 5 day trip.
     
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    I feel ya! My daughter always wants a trinket first, but I make her pick out a book (a REAL book) first before she can even think about looking at the trinkets. But I know some parents don't do this and their child just spends all their time at the trinkets.
     
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    I always told my students (& their parents) that they had to buy a book first before they could get anything else. And if they wanted 2 or more non-book items they had to buy an equal number of books. :D Not a single child or parent gave me a hard time about that policy. I always told the kids that their parents could take them back & they could get the extra whatever then.

    I do miss Borders, only because they were closer to me then B & N. It was simply more convenient. Now, B & N is out of my way.
     
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    I would never go to a bookstore and browse a magazine. Buy one, yes. Read it and put it back, no. Only a few magazines interest me: Wired, Scientific American, Mind ...

    I always enjoyed bookstores, but I buy more books these days via Amazon than I ever purchased from a bookstore. I like the reviews that are available online.
     
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    I do miss Borders. We had both Borders and B&N. I preferred Borders for a few reasons: the kiosks to look up books, more hook ups/outlets for my laptop, and the coffee was better. I'm not a huge Starbucks fan. Anyway, I'd go to Borders to study for grad classes, work on projects, and sometimes to grade papers. I just found it easier to concentrate away from home and all its distractions. It was a bonus that I could go look up information in the most recent books the libraries usually didn't have.
     

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