View Full Version : Goodbye letter from Borders employee(s) (?) spills secrets of bookselling trade

10-03-2011, 02:03 PM
A large handwritten poster (purportedly) from a laid-off employee of the defunct bookselling chain Borders entitled "Things we never told you: Ode to a bookstore death," reveals several key truths of bookselling (and some cranky griping):

Things we never told you: Ode to a bookstore death

We hate when a book becomes popular simply because it was turned into a movie.

We greatly dislike the phrase "Quick Question." It's never true. And everyone seems to have one.

We always knew when you were intently reading Better Homes and Gardens, it was really a hidden Playboy.

It NEVER bothered us when you threatened to shop at Barnes & Noble. We'd rather you do if you're putting up a stink.

"I was just here last week and saw this book there" meant nothing to us. The store changed once a week.

Oprah was not the "final say" on what is awesome. We really didn't care what was on her show or what her latest book club book was. Really.

Things We Never Told You: Ode to a Bookstore Death (imgur.com) Pic of the whole list here (http://boingboing.net/2011/09/29/goodbye-letter-from-borders-employees-spills-secrets-of-bookselling-trade.html)

I'd never have guessed they didn't like Glenn Beck. :rolleyes:

10-03-2011, 03:26 PM
I worked at B. Dalton Booksellers for 3.5 years and I'm not going to lie--a lot of those things are right on the money.

Mind you, I was never liberal. I was the lone conservative usually. We weren't all lost causes.

But yeah, you all were definitely looking at porn behind that Good Housekeeping and no, as a matter of fact, I don't know which book you are talking about based solely on the color of the cover. I'm going to need more information!

10-04-2011, 02:10 PM
I'm still sad about Borders' demise-they were our local bookstore before they went national. When I first moved to the Detroit area, there were only 2 Borders stores-Ann Arbor and Southfield Road.

I got some good clearance purchases, though. I bought a $40 italian cookbook for $15. I think the Birmingham (MI) store is still open, and may be open through the holidays.

I've been buying more and more from Amazon, mostly because I've been reading books that aren't available at Family Christian Stores or Barnes and Noble. FCS suck. I don't expect Barnes and Noble to carry a large variety of christian books, but FCS has such a limited inventory, and carries nothing controversial, unless you consider the "prosperity gospel" to controversial.

I'm going to Grand Rapids at the end of the month. They still have good, local bookstores. They have Schuler Books (whose employees and CEOs are probably really glad they never merged with Borders in the 80s), and Baker Books, which is the best Christian bookstore I've ever been in.

10-04-2011, 04:07 PM
It NEVER bothered us when you threatened to shop at Barnes & Noble. We'd rather you do if you're putting up a stink.
Is it a wonder Borders is closing down? However, if you want a reason why Borders is dead, it's because they chose not to evolve. As for the above, you can point to any business that's customer service oriented and say the same things.