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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:53 pm

There's a bit of poetic justice to these huge book chains going out of business as it wasn't so very long ago that they squeezed the life out of the small independent bookstores.

It's interesting also that in the US, Borders (who haven't latched on to the selling of eBooks) is struggling, while Barnes & Noble (who have) are fairing better.
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Postby Broccolee » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:47 am

Borders closed down last year in Northwood.It was a real bummer,as I was visiting my sis and had planned on going there,I used to love it.They closed down real quick,too,the week before it was still there and then woomph there it wasn´t anymore. We looked in through the windows,all books still there,but just shut down from one day to the next.
I thought they had withdrawn from UK completely?
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Postby deldaisy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:06 am

Well if bloody stupid Borders hadn't bought out OUR Angus and Robertson (an Australian company that has been here for 125 years I might add) it might still be going!!!!!! Angus and Robertson i mean.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:34 am

I was talking about Borders in the US, which has gone into receivership.
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Postby deldaisy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:48 am

So am I...... we have had alot of American companies come over and take over Aussie companies.... Angus and Robertson was one of those.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:54 am

My comment was aimed at Broc's comment about Borders having pulled out of the UK. :P
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Postby deldaisy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:13 pm

:D :D :D Ahhhhhhhhhhh..... well see Borders US... has gone into receivership... and Borders US took over Angus And Robertson a while ago.... (Borders US owns A & G now) so since Borders US has gone into receivership.... A & G is going under with them.... and the same reasons as you said... they didn't embrace internet selling.

Nevermind.... :D
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Postby Penfold » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:54 pm

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deldaisy wrote::cry: One of our largest book retailers is closing down..... its the one that always has the Terry Pratchett ones :cry: Books are expensive here apparently compaired with the rest of the world. And more people are buying them off the net. So sad.

its happening over here as well del, one has closed in swansea and the other is struggling nationwide, amazon is winning, i dont mind its cheaper for me i just cant browse anymore

Is it my imagination, or are there less 'old fashioned' second hand book stores around as well? I used to be able to spend hours browsing through them, breathing in that musty atmosphere and smell that only hundreds of really old books seem to be able to generate.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:11 pm

It's all explained in Reaper Man - the death of the town centre and the rise of the out-of-town superstore. :wink:
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Postby deldaisy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:36 pm

Ahhh.... life imitating art imitating life scenario.....
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Postby Broccolee » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:13 pm

I think there are some in Camden?
I definitly know of one there,but I think I passed some others,too.
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Postby The Mad Collector » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:23 pm

Penfold wrote:Is it my imagination, or are there less 'old fashioned' second hand book stores around as well? I used to be able to spend hours browsing through them, breathing in that musty atmosphere and smell that only hundreds of really old books seem to be able to generate.


There are still pockets that survive, Cheltenham, Norwich and Bristol still hang on but the joy of a real secondhand bookshop where anything could be found and which gave rise to the idea of LSpace is sadly dying. I love them and treasure time spent perusing shelves looking for that golden find and with 4,000 books here most of which have come from these very types of shops I miss them a lot. :cry: :cry:
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Postby chris.ph » Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:22 pm

the works in swansea have a load of new fantasy books in so they should be nationwide as well, 20 quid for 12books cant be bad :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:37 pm

And I know I posted this on the Robert Rankin thread, but Poundland has Knees Up Mother Earth (first edition hardback) for £1. :D
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Postby chris.ph » Sat Apr 16, 2011 12:46 pm

cor a pound in poundland funny that :lol: :lol:
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