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.