Jul 222011

If you’ve been keeping your eye on the news lately, you know the road has been a rough one for Borders Books.  Back in February, Borders filed for Bankruptcy and closed about 1/3 of its bookstores.  Today began another chapter in the Borders story, the start of the liquidation sale that will end the remaining 2/3 of Borders Bookstores.  This liquidation will shutter an additional 400 stores.

Borders Books at 1807 Fordham Boulevard in Cha...

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In today’s electronic age, so called “dead tree books” are becomming obsolete due to the many e-book readers out there.  While Barnes & Noble’s Nook has gained an impressive market share, Borders third party e-reader never seemed to catch the e-book wave.

The Borders Bookstore in Montgomeryville PA was one heck of a place.  I remember when the store first opened in the beginning of 1998.  I was blown away by the idea that I could go there, sip on a coffee, and read whatever I wanted for free.  Looking back on it, I guess I should have bought more books.

The place that was once my refuge from boredom (and a great place to take a cheap date) was going to be leaving this world forever…

I wondered if the store was in some way rewarding me today for all of the time I had spent there when I was a teen.  Like an old friend, Borders Books of Montgomeryville seemed to know me.  It somehow reached deep inside of my brain today and figured out exactly what I wanted… what I needed.

The sign in the window said up to 40% off.  I walked into my former hangout for the last time and purchased what may be the final two books I ever buy from a Borders Bookstore.

The following two books are about fishing (duh) and were among scarce pickings in the “sports” section. More importantly than that, these books are the top two books in all of the world that I’ve been desperately meaning to buy. I don’t want to get too worked up here but dang Borders of Montgomeryville I’m going to miss ya!

River Monsters True Stories of the ones that didn't get away pic

River Monsters!

I’ve been thinking about buying Jeremy Wade’s River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn’t Get Away ever since I finished watching all of the episodes of the River Monsters TV show on Netflix.  Jeremy Wade is a genius on TV and from what I hear he’s a great writer too!

The Complete Book of Tackle Making

The Complete Book of Tackle Making

I’ve read parts of C. Boyd Pfeiffer’s masterpiece The Complete Book of Tackle Making on Google Books and from what I’ve seen so far it is a must have item.  The book covers just about any aspect of tackle craft and repair you could ever think of including: Spinners, Jigs, wire rigs, and even rod building.

While I’m going to miss my old hangout spot, these two books should keep me busy for a little while.  Thank you Borders Bookstore for running a great company while it lasted.  I know the cost of these two books and the others I’ve purchased over the years will never cover all of the time I spent in your store but I hope somehow it helped.

I’ll never tire of the feel of paper for a good reference book or classic.  While I like my e-reader for business and technical books, fishing books just belong on paper.

Are you going to miss Borders Books?  Have a special hangout story of your own?  Let us know in the comments below!



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  • I am still in love BOOKS..paper books..the heft, the feel of the paper, the smell for heavens sake..
    Our closest Borders is about 40 miles away, but we have set a date for next week and “the library ladies” are heading to Borders with a vengeance. My hope is to be able to not only add to my reference shelves, but to also purchase a few that will go to our seriously underfunded public library as soon as I’m done with them.
    Dinosaur that I am.. no e reader.. I just love books.. real books.. I actually had license plates for years that said… you guessed it…BOOKS1!

    • The Functioning Fishaholics

      Going to miss the big bookstores with so much variety for reference and hobby books (especially fishing)

  • Great post and reminder about this! Borders had a great hobby section. I am a river rafting guide in colorado, and when the borders in denver was closing, i went a took a huge chunk of their river rafting books and their fishing books as well. Cant keep me away from those rainbow trout!

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