Tuesday, December 22, 2009

book stores

Today in the local mall I found out that our resident (and only, actually) bookstore is closing in about a month. It's a Border's, and while I don't always agree with their choice of books that they allow us to read, it is still a bookstore, and the only one, incredibly, between the seacoast and Concord, a span of about 80 miles.

The clerks were angry, and sad. I am too.


  1. Oh, poo. how sad for you. On the other end of the spectrum, our indie bookstore (Woodknot Books) on Main street in nearby Newport (the only 'real' bookstore within about 40 miles) recently changed owners & reopened, fully refurbished (it need to get into the current century), cappying all the same titles (and more willing to order whatever you trquest), AND WITH A NIFTY LITTLE CAFE AREA SERVING UP ALL KINDSA COFFE AND TEA / BAKERY STUFF.


    And it's got WI-FI.....

    Merry Christmas to me.

  2. And tomorrow I will attempt to proofread before posting

  3. well I asked them, and she said that wasn't a problem, and they had been ranked by Border's as being one of their top four outlets, nationwide. (then again that also makes me wonder just how well Border's IS doing nationwide...)
    But this was a decision made a year ago, so it's no surprise to them.

    A lot of people don't like Amazon, (their sales practices suck, big time), don't like dealing with credit cards online, and like me, prefer to browse the book rather than the website.

    They may feel that New Hampshire, being a backwater in the wonderful world of books, really can't handle three Border's stores. After all, we have a Barnes and Noble only forty miles from here...it feels more like a corporate downsizing thingy.

    aha. it may be that Border's is doing less than well everywhere, and they are closing out a store here, a store there, all over the place....

    I've always wanted to run a bookstore, but from what other people who do run them say, it tends to be far far more complicated than just "see the book buy the book"...