It makes me sad every time a bookstore -- yes, even a bigtime corporate one -- announces it will be closing. When even Borders declares bankruptcy, as was reported yesterday, it really begins to seem like our only option one day is going to be buying books online -- or worse yet, being restricted to paperless electronic books.
I am not a Kindle reader. There's little I love more than the smell of a new book, and I look at a computer (or iPhone) screen all day, so why would I also want to stare at a screen to read a book? There's nothing cozy about a digital book, even if it does make carting around numerous tomes at once a lighter load.
But enough with my soapbox about why I love the real thing. I'm a card carrying member of more than one public library system (Aren't you? If not, you should be ashamed of yourself! What a public treasure you're missing out on), and I'm the first to admit that books are expensive. So why am I admittedly -- if somewhat ashamedly -- excited that Borders is closing some of its stores? Because that means books for cheap!
According to the Associated Press, Borders is going to close 200 of its 642 stores over the next few weeks and begin pricing merchandise at clearance levels as early as this weekend. That's a short window to buy a lot of books. DCist says three of those locations are right here in the DC metro -- 1801 K Street NW, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW, and White Flint in Kensington. On a totally separate note, I wonder what's going to take over what are going to be huge available retail spaces. Yet another silver lining.