Could this have saved Borders?
No one has stopped reading, they’ve just gotten cheaper. Going to the library isn’t nearly as trendy as shopping online. Nancy Salmon, the floor manager at Kepler’s Books remarks:
“They type titles into their iPhones and go home, we know what they’re doing, and it has tested my patience.”
To combat this, some independent bookstores have put in place admission fees to their events. Either you buy the book for the event you’re at, at that store, or be a lookie loo, and have your previously purchased books signed for $5 ticket fee. I support this. If you don’t like, stay home. As a default laid off employee from a recently closed Borders Bookstore I think this idea is fantastic! Too little to late for some places though…bummer.