But I may have been part of the problem. I'd go to bookstores, look at the price of the books, then go home and compare the prices on Amazon.com. Whoever had it cheaper got my money, and if I really wasn't sure I wanted the book, I'd get it from the library. But the beauty of bookstores was if I didn't know if I wanted to reserve or buy the book, I could go into Border's, browse through the book and then make a decision. I don't get that same cozy feeling from Barnes & Noble . . . ever, and I've been to a few locations. I mainly don't get it because there's a 98% chance that they don't have the books I want to read on the spot, and they always look suspicious when you want to browse through a special order. I'm not going to steal the book, folks. I just want to see it to see if I want to buy it. (Note: I've gotten so aggravated by that that I'd get a book on special order at B&N, have the money to buy it there but hate the service so much that I hand the book back to them, go straight home and buy it on Amazon.com, too.)
B&N is all right, but I think Border's is like that ex-boyfriend you never get over. No matter what the next guy does, there will always be a small place in your heart for the original. I'm concerned about what's to come of the Border's buildings. I've been on the Red Line and seen the Border's on Lawrence Avenue, and it just looks abandoned. At one point I read in the paper about crime starting to take over the neighborhood. When big businesses aren't around to keep more people around (and employed) that tends to happen. I think it'd be cool if the Border's buildings became Internet cafes or something where the book readers and computer techies could unite. Some of you all are new school and like reading NOOK Books or e-books or reading stuff on your iPad. I'm old school. I want a book I can put a physical bookmark in or dog ear the pages. But I also miss that place to unwind and bury myself in the corner. Reading books at home, on the train or even on a lunch break are all right, but there's nothing like getting lost reading in a bookstore.
I think I'm going to start frequenting Barnes & Noble before it's too late. I'd hate to miss out on an opportunity for one of the only bookstores left while I'm still harping on those that are good and gone.