This news makes me sad for obvious reasons, but I have to get this out. Borders is where I learned how to be an adult. Where I learned what it really meant to do a job well, rather than just how to get by. It was where I learned to be responsible for myself and how to lead a team. It’s where I cemented my belief in the importance of a joyful workplace. I’m not saying the corporation taught me this, it was and is a corporation like any other, but my store and my team were exceptional.

If this happens, and it inevitably will, thousands of talented booksellers will never work in the business again. Countless towns will lose another (or their only) bookstore. So many new authors won’t get the boost up of a handselling bookseller who loved their ARC. I’m starting to understand how Obi-wan felt when he said ”It’s as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly slienced.” Booksources closing, be they big box, indie or library, is bad news for everyone.

Support the literary arts every chance you get. Start by buying a book for a kid, any kid - even one you don’t know. It could change a life. I learned to love books so much as a kid that when I grew up, I wanted to be a bookseller. My life has been infinitely richer because of that. To those of you still in the field, I commend you for your backbreaking work and passion and wish you all the luck in the world. Please do not ever hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. I may not be in the stacks every day anymore, but they’ll never leave me. Hopefully someday I’ll get to come home.

Emphasis mine.

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    Yea they put a DSW in our Borders. It’s really sad because I was hoping Barnes & Noble or Books a Million might buy it...
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    I came across this again the other day and am reblogging it now, almost a year and a half later, because the emphasis...
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    I feel badly for Borders. I’ve spent my money there the last several months, but I can’t be the only solution here....
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    I don’t know much (if anything) about this kind of stuff but Borders was the only decent bookstore within the island....
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    THIS. the borders here (different company, same name and labelling idk how that works) massively pressured publishers...
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    I had a bad experience working for Borders, but that doesn’t make this any less true.
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    I can’t mourn the death of Borders. They have been doing poorly and run incompetently for years. Compare them to Barnes...
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    Plus the mark up on most of their products is way too high. I used to work there and only bought stuff because I had a...
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    I have a lot of trouble supporting Borders after what I’ve seen them do to employees; I know that there are probably...
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    Yeah. Support LOCAL and INDEPENDENT booksellers. Borders/Chapters/Indigo? Y’all can go fuck yourselves. Massive...
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    Definitely buy books for kids!!! Reading is foundamental to our future as a society and a culture…
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    Borders was a magical land when I was little. The only one was an hour away; my cousin would take me there once or twice...
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    I’ve been talking to a lot of people, both in the industry and not, about the slow and painful death of the physical...
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    Borders is the only chain bookstore I like- I can’t tolerate Barnes and Noble or Books a Million, and given that I...