When I set up this blog, my friends and I were about to lose our jobs as booksellers, and the store we called home was about to close forever. My goal was simple: to give us a place to continue sharing our love of reading, and to keep passing along the knowledge we had gained from working with books for so long. I made a conscious decision not to discuss the specific company we worked for. (I also decided not to mangle sentences in order to avoid ending them with prepositions.) There was no need to discuss the company’s mistakes; we lived in their shadow for years, and haven’t escaped it yet.
I made an exception and posted pictures of our store in The Ghosts of Borders Past because I wanted to share our personal experience with this corporation’s downfall. We are real people who took care of our books and had pride in our stores. We also watched everything we had built through the years get destroyed in a matter of weeks. Then we lost our jobs. I still didn’t feel that I wanted to write about it on our blog proper, but I let the pictures tell the story.
Now the last store in the company has closed, and there’s not much left to say except goodbye, and we will miss you. I still don’t want to use my blog for that purpose, but our friends at Word Hits have kindly hosted a fond farewell by yours truly. You can read it here: Closed Book: The Last Days at Borders.
Word Hits has previously hosted my guest blog A Former Borders Employee Says Shop the Sales, in response to their post entitled Caveat Emptor: Skip the Borders Fire “Sale”. We were also featured in their discussion of Books, Dialogue, and Community during Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW). We follow @WordHits on Twitter and like Word Hits on Facebook and think that you should, too.
If you want to know what the end of a once-great bookstore chain means to me, I invite you to click on the links above. Here, we are back to reviews, interviews, and author events starting…now.
Ed Kovacs (@EdKovacs)
September 22, 2011 at 1:30 am
@booksellersansfrontiers Thanx for your contributions to this large arena called literature (and its commerce) I could sharpen my knife on the edge of your wit. Or something like that. Really enjoy the blog!
September 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm
No one can say we didn’t give it our all. Farewell, Borders. You will live on in our hearts and liquidation-based nightmares.