This feels like one of those things where you want to scream “I told you so!” but you don’t really know who to scream it at. When the eReaders came out, I knew they would help usher out the joy of printed books, and though I still cling to the hope that they’ll never completely die out, here we are, with Borders, one of the biggest book chains in the country, closing its doors for good. This book chain, of course, also sold plenty of said electronic readers, leading, as many are saying, to its own destruction.
I’ve seen so many small bookshops take a cut—or even fully closing—in the past couple of years, and it’s nothing short of depressing. Yeah, I guess the eReaders cut down on paper waste and save trees, which is very important, but I just can’t stop mourning the loss of the handheld book.
Many people are insisting that it’s not going to become extinct—as I, myself, have been insisting all along, or at least for my own lifetime—but what if it does? What if we become a world where books are so rare they cost a fortune (or worse, we end up burning them for fuel a la The Day After Tomorrow)? Either way, you might want to head on over to your local Borders for some sales pretty soon.