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The End

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.


Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Industry News, Updates


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Patience, Dear Readers

Go Away.  I'm Reading.It has been a slow week here at our humble blog, but we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that new reviews will resume within the next few days.  We have been working on developing some exciting new features, creating a personalized logo, lining up author interviews, and doing some general blog maintenance that is probably incredibly boring to read about.  Our blog has been live for less than three months, but the support from readers and authors has been phenomenal, for which we are endlessly grateful.  Now we are working on building up an infrastructure that can showcase the bigger and better things that we hope to accomplish in the near future.

In the meantime, if you are a reader with an idea for a feature, review, or interview you would like to see on our blog, let us know!  We are always open to feedback and get some of our best suggestions from other readers.

Many thanks for your patience as we shift into higher gear.  And, as always, thank you for stopping by and looking around!  Don’t forget to tell all your friends about us.

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Updates


Coming soon…

We are harnessing our bookselling powers to bring you a new blog!  Stay tuned.

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Updates