What Chad says makes perfect sense, though it seems utterly absurd to be “nostalgic” for an era that essentially lasted 20 years at the very most and only truly began in the mid-’90s. In other words, the fact that a book empire that causes even anti-corporate haters like Chad Post to shed a tear can rise and fall all in a couple of decades should give us pause and make us wonder about what precisely is going in in the capitalistic world.
Given the fact that Borders never bought any of our books (they’ve been on credit hold since the formation of Open Letter), this won’t impact us much at all. That said, I’m torn between being gleeful in my typical anti-corporate, anti-culture homogenization, anti-box store way, and feeling bad that we’re losing hundreds of spaces where readers of all ages could find out about books. I know that books aren’t going away, and that the internet and ebooks and edevices will be filling in some of this, but that’s something a bit different. Not better or worse per se, just different. All of this is what makes this a pretty interesting moment for publishing . . . and provides a chance to wax nostalgic about recent eras in bookselling.