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Old 07-21-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Bangor, ME
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Anyone else bummed about the news of all Borders Bookstores nationwide closing? I like to linger and poke around the bookstore with a coffee in hand sometimes. Anyone know if there is a different company that might take over?
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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So our government has finally managed to close the borders!

Maybe that is the wrong border.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Newport, ME
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So our government has finally managed to close the borders!

Maybe that is the wrong border.
LOL, yup wrong border. Maybe the Government will get the idea to do the same, at least for awhile
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:27 AM
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I read where there was a company looking to purchase a group of the stores, sadly, Bangor's store isn't one they are looking to purchase.
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Ya just can't fight progress. Who'd have known that the internet would send the bricks-and-mortars into a tailspin? Lots of other places will disappear, too, and it won't just be the economy that does it. It'll be the internet, too.

But then, look at it as growing pains. Did anybody miss the iceman when refrigerators became available? Anybody miss the milkman's jangle at 5 am when you can get fresh milk at the corner? Anybody miss the horse 'patties' in the road once the automobile came along? Progress always makes us nostalgic for the good ol' days, but we still don't want to give up our conveniences.

Get rid of your computer, anybody? Anybody?
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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E-Books killed stores like Borders and Borders did it to themselves....more expensive then other chains and a limited selection.... We will still have Mom & Pop shops and Barnes and Nobles.....which have found a way to survive....
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:57 AM
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Ya just can't fight progress. Who'd have known that the internet would send the bricks-and-mortars into a tailspin? Lots of other places will disappear, too, and it won't just be the economy that does it. It'll be the internet, too.

But then, look at it as growing pains. Did anybody miss the iceman when refrigerators became available? Anybody miss the milkman's jangle at 5 am when you can get fresh milk at the corner? Anybody miss the horse 'patties' in the road once the automobile came along? Progress always makes us nostalgic for the good ol' days, but we still don't want to give up our conveniences.

Get rid of your computer, anybody? Anybody?
I was saying something similar yesterday. A combination of a bad business model and advances in technology made Borders obsolete, and gradually it is happening to other businesses. Video stores are going to be gone soon. Streaming and the little red box is taking care of their business. Separate GPS devices are obsolete now, because most phones have an app for it that's free. Same with music devices. Cloud lets you have all the music you want on your phone. Anyone who didn't see these changes coming is still living in a floppy disc world while the rest of us are in a flash drive world. And the changes are only going to come faster as time passes. Just think, when is the last time you even thought about buying an answering machine? With voice mail, they just aren't needed. I remember when an answering machine was an awesome new thing to get, and it wasn't all that long ago really.

We live in interesting times.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:14 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine, FL
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For $20 versus a monthly fee, I'll stick with an answering machine and the KISS philosophy. Kindles/Nooks are great, but I still prefer a book.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: At the local Wawa
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Am I correct in seeing that now there are NO Barnes and Nobles or Borders anywhere in Maine? Looks like the closest B&N is in Newington, NH.
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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Am I correct in seeing that now there are NO Barnes and Nobles or Borders anywhere in Maine? Looks like the closest B&N is in Newington, NH.
im pretty sure there is a barnes and noble in augusta
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