In an age of ebooks, do we need the bookstore?

November 21, 2011

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As book sales plummet and famed shops close, brave entrepreneurs are trying to reinvent the model. Is it too late? (more…)

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Every Time a Bookstore Dies a Pixel Glows

July 20, 2011

Borders is dead.

The post-mortems abound. Some blame management. Some blame fate. Most just muse.

The first Borders store was launched forty years ago by brothers Tom and Louis Borders while studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2009 Borders had sales of $2.8 billion from over 500 stores and nearly 20,000 staff. I’d call that some amazing management, a fine fate. In ordinary times you don’t have to be clever to manage a business like that. Just turn on the lights in the morning and you’ll make money.

But let’s tell it like it is. Changing technology killed Borders. (more…)

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