A Visit to Borders

We went to our favorite bookstore this morning, Borders.  It used to be our favorite till I got my Nook.  It’s so much fun now to go into Barnes & Noble and sit in the coffee shop and look at the in store stuff you can get on the Nook.

I heard the lady at the register talking to a customer.  She was saying it’s just day to day.  I assume she was talking about the store closing.  Apparently Borders is on the verge of going belly up.  They got in late on the e-books thing.  Our store is fine but I’ve seen talk on the internet about the whole company being poorly managed.

Bookstores are not like other retail.  You can’t, or shouldn’t, just hire generic retail people.  As a customer I want sales people who have an interest in books, somebody I can engage in intelligent conversation about books.  I guess it should be that way with any retail but it’s not.  Wouldn’t it be great to find people who were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they were selling?

I buy most of my books as on line e-books now but I still love to roam a bookstore.  I always find something that gets me thinking.  I would love to work in a bookstore.

I was going to write about what I found today in Borders.  Maybe tomorrow.





About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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