I care little about Borders book stores going broke. We are told it is a separate company to the US Borders, yet both have gone broke at the same time. Excuse me if I am of a suspicious type.
Borders can go the way of that coffee company that almost went broke in Australia and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I didn't like the concept of Borders and never bought anything there, nor did I like Starbucks and I don't like Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I am a of a certain age of course. Younguns seem to like them all, but clearly not enough.
None of the above represented good value for money. They are just overpriced chain suppliers. But with Borders going broke, they have dragged down a fine Australian company which has served us for a long time. That is Angus and Robertson of course.
(insert break to research how Australian A & R is)
The internet has killed me as a book reader. Where do I get time to read books? I still do, but it takes me weeks if not months to read them. Although, I do recall a book recently that I read in a couple of days and it had my full attention. It was obviously well chosen. Oh yes, it was the Handsome Cab Murders, a book set in Melbourne in the 1800s. It was a great read. I mostly read non fiction and they not usually books that you can't put down. Interesting of course, but not compelling.
Hmm. Wikipedia tells me of the sad demise of Angus and Robertson as an independent book seller and publisher. It opened its first store at 110 1/2(what?) Market Street, Sydney.
In the eighties and into the nineties, I used to often buy books at Hill of Content bookshop in Bourke Street. It too got mixed up with a large book company, and I decided to buy my books elsewhere. Interesting to find Hill of Content has opened a shop in Darling Street, Balmain. The mega search engine did not immediately give me an answer as to who owns Hill of Content, but their contact email does, @collinsboooks.com.au
For the last couple of years I have spread my book purchases between Jefferys in Malvern, Readings in Carlton, ABC Shop and at christmas we bought gift books at Readers Feast, which for a larger store, I quite like. Oh yes, I have bought a couple of books online too and a couple at remaindered book shops.
As for an electronic book reader, you won't see me with one in a hurry, not because I am a dinosaur but I just don't read enough books.