Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Borders Closes----Are Libraries Next?
I knew it was going to happen eventually. Bookstores are going the way of the video rental stores, newspapers and music stores. Everything is going digital. It is a new world. But going to a bookstore is something I will miss. When my wife and daughters would shop in the malls I would head for the only store that interested me---the bookstore. When waiting in an airport the bookstore was a place to loose yourself and pass the time.
Borders in Columbia Crossing was a really special place for me. When I had a couple of hours to get away and relax my first choice was always to go to Borders, browse for a book, get a latte and read in the café. I can’t tell you how many books I read that way. I know that I might be able to do that at a library but the lattes at Borders made it different. Plus I usually read a new book that you have to put on reserve at the library.
Speaking of libraries how long will it be before they go digital? When the digital readers replace the printed book how often will people go to the library? Will our world only be virtual and digital? Remember the world without the computer? How did we ever work and communicate without the computer? What do I look at first in the morning and last at night? When someone asks me what would I get out of my house if it were on fire I would say my computer after the family and pets.
So goodbye old friend Borders and thanks for the memories. You will be missed.