How will disappearing bookstores affect you?
Borders helped groom a generation of readers to learn the pleasure of diving into a book for hours at a stretch in a comfy space outside home and work. But the nationwide bookstore chain is struggling to survive. It recently suspended payments to book publishers. And dozens of its stores around the country, including several in the Washington area, have closed. Once, Borders was, along with rival Barnes and Noble, the long tail of reading, with vast aisles of shelves offering thousands of obscure titles alongside the bestsellers. Now, Borders confronts the limitless, cheaper and more efficient supply chain of Amazon's warehouses and e-bookstore. Now, according to many in the industry, the question is not whether the chain will go under, but when.
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