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By johnboy 2 June 2011 69

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Liquidators Ferrier Hodgson have announced they haven’t been able to find a buyer for Borders and so the remaining bookstores, including the ones in Canberra, will close.

A total of 315 staff will be affected by the closures, which will take place over the next six to eight weeks.

The final Borders stores will close on July 17, but others may close sooner dependent on the sellthrough of remaining stock.

The Administrator, Mr John Melluish, said the stores are closing because no buyers had emerged for the Borders outlets.

As a lover of books it always seemed that while Borders (and Angus and Robertson for that matter) might have had a lot of books, but they didn’t do a great job of pointing the reader to the best books.

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Jim Jones 8:55 am 23 Jul 11

clueless70 said :

Suggested advertising copy for e-readers of any brand.

–‘Paper-like’ magnetised ink display: just like paper!
–Digital Rights Curtailment. You buy it; we keep it.
–Limited range of titles. Available material subject to oligopolistic commercial interests and middle-of-the-road marketplace demand.
–Poor user interface lacking basic file organisation tools.
–Small display of invariant proportions.
–Unable to display colour images.
–Half or less than half the dot resolution of commercially printed paper.
–Displays 16 levels of grey, the square-root of the greys available on this video display screen.
–Allows days of continuous reading time. After device is recharged for 4 hours, you’re back in business for days more reading.
–Relies on state-of-the-art, global, wireless communications network to function.
–Unavailable where electricity supply unavailable.
–Available intermittently where electricity supply intermittent.
–Lifetime expires as soon as 3G wireless connectivity protocols and hardware become obsolete.
–CAUTION: Fragile. Do not drop, flex, expose to moisture, extreme heat or cold, or place under heavy items. No user serviceable parts inside. Battery non-disposable and costs the same as a soft-cover novel.
–Cost: only ten times the price of a large hardback novel.
–Contents not included in purchase price.

No, I’m not in a hurry to buy one either.

What an appropriate user name.

clueless70 8:03 pm 22 Jul 11

Suggested advertising copy for e-readers of any brand.

–‘Paper-like’ magnetised ink display: just like paper!
–Digital Rights Curtailment. You buy it; we keep it.
–Limited range of titles. Available material subject to oligopolistic commercial interests and middle-of-the-road marketplace demand.
–Poor user interface lacking basic file organisation tools.
–Small display of invariant proportions.
–Unable to display colour images.
–Half or less than half the dot resolution of commercially printed paper.
–Displays 16 levels of grey, the square-root of the greys available on this video display screen.
–Allows days of continuous reading time. After device is recharged for 4 hours, you’re back in business for days more reading.
–Relies on state-of-the-art, global, wireless communications network to function.
–Unavailable where electricity supply unavailable.
–Available intermittently where electricity supply intermittent.
–Lifetime expires as soon as 3G wireless connectivity protocols and hardware become obsolete.
–CAUTION: Fragile. Do not drop, flex, expose to moisture, extreme heat or cold, or place under heavy items. No user serviceable parts inside. Battery non-disposable and costs the same as a soft-cover novel.
–Cost: only ten times the price of a large hardback novel.
–Contents not included in purchase price.

No, I’m not in a hurry to buy one either.

creative_canberran 5:30 pm 22 Jul 11

The store is now totally shut up, yet the lights inside continue to burn. WTF is the point of that?

Postalgeek 8:30 am 07 Jul 11

Uh oh. Amazon has bought the Book Depository. No doubt that will spell the demise of free shipping, at least until another company steps into the role.

Time to break the piggy bank and go through that wish list

Thoroughly Smashed 10:49 am 11 Jun 11

Who’s suggesting that books are dead?

All we’ve seen here is the death of an old business model.

grist 10:31 pm 10 Jun 11

astrojax said :

Mysteryman said :

I think it will be a long time before anything is created that can replace the enjoyment of holding a book in your hands. For me, at least.

+1

and unlike vinyl, you don’t need specialised equipment to use a book. what will happen when your kindle packs it in and you’re three pages from the end of a thriller?? plus, i love being able to re-find text in a book because you have a memory of sort of where on which page it was and so can be found flicking back through the pages. long live books.

umm… search!

Thoroughly Smashed 2:49 pm 10 Jun 11

Waiting until you’re going out of business isn’t quite the right time to try to be competitive.

At least Angus & Robertson had the good sense to discount by 75% when they had their closing down sale.

Jim Jones 2:05 pm 10 Jun 11

rosscoact said :

SheepGroper said :

Borders Civic are now discounting at 30% for most stuff, 40% for DVDs and 20% for cards.

and yet still dearer than you can buy online

+1

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