They used to employ some of the smartest event coordinators around. Darren Noble, who now works at George Fox College, was excellent, as was Dan Eichler. But they kept cutting and cutting staff. And 10-12 years ago, Borders used to send folks to the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association conferences, so they always felt more indie and less corporate than B&N.
And for towns where Borders was the only bookstore, now there will just be Amazon, consolidating more power in Amazon's hands.
Shelf Awareness reports: "Wall Street Journal predicts that Borders's contraction and possible end "will mean fewer places for consumers to buy books, which in turn is expected to speed the pace of online and e-book sales."
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