My local Borders lingers still. It has a few shelves of books. The adult fiction section would fit in my living room. I often do some shopping in the center where the store is located so I go in and check it out. And then I walk out empty-handed. The best buy I've found in the last few weeks of its slow demise is the stack of AP study guides my daughter needs for her current high school classes. The store is filled with cheap, but still over-priced, towels and other things that have never belonged in a bookstore.
I miss sitting the cafe and if it was still open, I would likely be writing this blog post there with an iced latte sharing the table with me along with a stack of books I was considering purchasing. Instead, I've visited my local library on a more regular basis. Nearly every two weeks I stop in and see what new releases they have and prowl the aisles in search of new authors. Their fantasy/scifi offerings are limited and they seldom updated but I've discovered some mystery/thriller writers I've quite come to enjoy like CJ Box and Jonathan Kellerman. Of course the library doesn't carry their earlier books so I've turned to online sellers.
My husband bought me a Kobo eReader for Christmas last year and I was thrilled with it though I often wish I'd asked him for a Kindle instead. But it's easy to purchase books on and I like reading on it. So I'm still buying books and spending less gas to do so. I make a lot of ice coffee at home and do nearly all my writing at my own desk.
So though Borders is gone, I'm not reading less though I've bought no physical books for my own reading pleasure in the past few weeks. I'm probably going to buy the next Preston and Childs book tomorrow to read at lunch at work this week. I'm over my sadness at the end of Borders and only worry that I've adjusted so well. If all brick and mortar stores go extinct, will I get over it so quickly? Will you? Do you see the end in sight?