I’m sorry to see the end of Borders. When I lived in Oklahoma, I looked forward to my bi-weekly Atomik Pop-and-Borders trip. I bought tons of books, drank a lot of hot chai, and learned so much (as I said, I bought a lot of books there).
When I moved to Portland, I shopped more often at Powells, but I still made trips to the Borders on S.W. Morrison Street.
My thoughts are with the 11,000+ Borders employees around the U.S. who are now out of a job. My hope is that they find employment with stable companies. Some authors have noted that small publishers will go out of business as a result of the liquidation. And bookstore chains like Borders replaced independent bookstores, so now many towns won’t have a bookstore.
I accept that change is part of life, but man, I sure hope the volatility in the publishing/book world ends soon!