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Friday, August 19, 2011

We'll miss Borders

It’s sad to see the Borders bookstore in Bailey’s Crossroads shut down, but for those of you who still like to read books, it might be worth your time to check out the sales.

Everything is 40 to 60 percent off, but the inventory is shrinking fast. According to the manager, the store will remain open as long as there is something to sell. The computers are no longer working, so the staff won’t be able to look up anything.

Fiction, biographies, and self-improvement books are 50 percent off. There are still a few hardcover copies of bestsellers like The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Mysteries, thrillers, romances, science fiction, cookbooks, reference books, young adult fiction, and graphic novels are 40 percent off. There were hardly any travel or children’s books left, but what was there are 40 percent off.  Sociology, philosophy, and true crime books are 60 percent off.

Audio books, CDs, and DVDs are 40 percent off. BluRays are 50 percent off. There isn’t much left, but there are several copies of the audio version of Keith Richard’s Life and several copies of the movie “Eclipse.” The display shelves are on sale, too, in case you want to set up your own bookstore at home.

The chain filed for bankruptcy in February, done in by consumer preferences for online booksellers and e-books. But then again, it was the big chains like Borders that helped drive the small, independent bookstores out of business. We hope the Borders employees will be able to find new jobs quickly.

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