Filling the Void Left by Borders

By SUSAN STELLIN
Published: September 27, 2011

It is tempting to view the demise of the Borders Group as a dark cloud over the future of bookselling, and certainly the disappearance of hundreds of bookstores leaves a lot of vacancies where readers once browsed the aisles.

In July, the company made plans to liquidate after 40 years in operation and will close nearly 400 remaining stores by this fall. Yet in a few choice locations those spaces have been replaced by other booksellers, including Books-a-Million, the Hudson Group and a university bookstore. In other communities, the loss of a Borders may open up the retail landscape for independent or niche booksellers. Read more >

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