Sooo, as we all know, Borders is no more. When I lived in Virginia, it was really the only bookstore near my house, save for a Books-A-Million in the mall and well, I didn’t always want to have to go INTO the mall to buy books.
I’d actually stopped, or tried to stop, buying books while in the process of moving last year. As I stacked box of books on top of box of books, I remember thinking. “Damn. I have a lot of books. No really. When the guy from Hoarders shows up, I won’t be surprised.”
I still have quite a few, but I’ve culled the herd quite a bit too. After all, if I’m not going to re-read a book, I don’t see the sense in hanging on to it. Might as well pass it along so it can be enjoyed or not by somebody else.
I’ve been buying most of my books lately on (you guessed it), Kindle, for all the obvious reasons…cheaper, super easy to impulse buy with Amazon’s 1-click and honestly the best reason, they don’t take up space. I can take a ton of books to the beach and not have to carry them in a giant trunk.
That said, I’ve been re-reading Harry Potter to my daughter and it’s hold a good, solid hardcover book in your hands too. There’s room in my life for both.
There will be non e-books I will buy, I’m sure. Obviously not from Borders though. So for those of you that were regular shoppers, where will you be going to get your books now? Relying more on e-readers? The other giant bookstore that starts with a “B?” Indie bookstores if you are lucky to have them in your area? Has Borders closing changed your buying habits at all, or not really?
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