Thursday, February 14, 2008

Is Borders Becoming a For-Profit Public Library?

Check out this article in today's USA Today and consider. They are mixing books, digital downloads and their inevitable coffee shops in a single concept store. A quote from the article:

...follow the table of books snaking off to the right, and you'll come face-to-face with Borders' newest retail strategy: a digital center where you can download music or books, burn CDs, research family histories, print pictures and order leather-bound books crammed with family photos — with help from clerks who know how to do those sorts of things and won't embarrass you if you don't.

That description sounds chillingly familiar, doesn't it?


Jane said...

...and people say we are not competing with bookstores. Wake up and smell the $3 coffee!

Anonymous said...

now if only we could eat and drink in the library! or how about a snack store next door? people would stay longer! at least you have bathrooms in the library.