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  • The Daily Show On How Chain Bookstores Can Compete With The Internet

    Borders’ bankruptcy this summer has further underscored a major shift in the way people consume the written word, namely in pixels as opposed to print. As our chain brick and mortar bookstores inevitably go the way of our chain brick and mortar video stores and record stores, the ever-sharp Jon Stewart and author (and PC-dude) John Hodgman mull over various ways bookstores can stay… Read More

  • Borders May Be Dead, But e-Reader Kobo Is Still Alive And Kicking

    Borders May Be Dead, But e-Reader Kobo Is Still Alive And Kicking

    I am old enough to remember when going into a chain store like Borders and picking out books physically was something one did to save time. Plus, as any bookworm will tell you, rifling through bookstore shelves for buried treasure and asking knowledgable employees about their reading recommendations was an oddly exciting feeling, even at a franchise. Sometimes (in my unemployed writer days) I… Read More

  • What's Going To Happen With The Kobo After Border's Bankruptcy?

    Borders took a different route with e-readers than rivals Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Instead of branding their own reader, Borders opted to partner with Kobo, a spin-off of Canadian publishing company, Indigo Books & Music. So, when Borders announced their bankruptcy today, we couldn’t help but wonder what happens next for the Kobo. Read More

  • Borders Declares Bankruptcy

    Here we go: the first of the smaller booksellers is hitting the ropes as Borders, a once thriving book chain, files for bankruptcy. The company is closing 200 stores and posted $1.29 billion in debt and $1.27 billion in assets. The chain was last to market with a usable e-reader platform and still hasn’t gained the traction that Amazon and Barnes & Noble have with the Kindle and Nook. Read More

  • The Internet Scores Its Second Victory Of The Day, Borders Nears Bankruptcy

    A while back a Seeing Interactive post entitled “You’ve Got Mail Is Ripe For A Sequel” went popular on Hacker News. In You’ve Got Mail the movie, which is a bit of a joke around TC HQ because of its ties to Aol, The Shop Around The Corner, a small bookstore run by Meg Ryan goes out of business because Fox Books, a huge Borders-type book store run by Tom Hanks, opens… Read More

  • Borders Looking Bleak Despite Ereader Offerings


    Book chain Borders sales are looking bleak and the company is apparently not paying publishers. The company is down two-fold over last year and, although some talks point to a potential Barnes & Noble merger, nothing has been finalized. Read More

  • Borders Taps Chegg To Power Textbook Rentals Platform

    A few months ago, Borders got into the textbook sales race with the launch of a marketplace to buy and sell used books. Today, the company is getting into textbook rentals; partnering with rental giant Chegg to power a rental platform on Borders’ site. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed Through the partnership, Borders’ customers have access to Chegg’s… Read More

  • In Time For The Holidays, Borders Slashes Prices Of E-Book Readers

    The arrival of the holiday shopping season is certainly escalating the e-book wars. Today, Amazon released data showing rapid Kindle sales and Barnes and Noble is expected to release a color version of the Nook. Borders is jumping into the mix by announcing a number of deals on its assortment of e-readers in time for the holiday shopping season. For the next week, Borders is offering free… Read More

  • Borders Announces Kobo Wireless Reader Coming To Stores

    Borders just announced the release of the wireless version of the Kobo ereader. The Kobo Wireless joins the nook and the non-wireless Kobo reader, but has improved hardware and software, and is priced at a quite reasonable $139.99. Read More

  • As E-Book Wars Heat Up, Borders Drops Prices Of Kobo And Aluratek Devices

    As competition in the e-books device market heats up, Borders is cutting the prices of its leading eReading devices, the Kobo and Aluratek to $129 and $99.99 respectively. The Kobo was previously priced at $149.99 and the Aluratek was priced at $119.99. Borders is also announcing that Velocity Micro’s Android-based Cruz Reader R101 and Cruz Tablet T103 are now available for preorder… Read More

  • As E-Book Wars Heat Up, Borders Drops Prices Of Kobo And Aluratek Devices

    As competition in the e-books device market heats up, Borders is cutting the prices of its leading eReading devices, the Kobo and Aluratek to $129 and $99.99 respectively. The Kobo was previously priced at $149.99 and the Aluratek was priced at $119.99. Borders is also announcing that Velocity Micro’s Android-based Cruz Reader R101 and Cruz Tablet T103 are now available for preorder… Read More

  • Connecticut Attorney General Wants To Make Sure Amazon, Apple Aren't Cutting Sweetheart Deals With E-Book Publishers

    The Connecticut attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, has opened up an investigation into whether or not the deals Amazon and Apple have cut with publishers for the sale of e-books have violated any sort of rules of regulations. The fear is that the deals Amazon and Apple have worked out with top publishers may lock out other companies from entering the e-book business. Read More

  • Borders Launches Marketplace For New And Used Textbooks

    The textbook buying space is heating up today as Borders debuts its new “Borders Textbook Marketplace.” The Marketplace features more than 1.4 million titles including used textbooks at savings of up to 90 percent, says the company. Students can sell used books on the site as well. The Marketplace, which was created in partnership with book seller platform Alibris, includes text… Read More

  • Borders Looking To Boost Downloads Of Mobile And Desktop Apps With Free eBooks

    In the latest chapter of the great Ebook Wars of 2010, Borders is attempting to drive more downloads for its free mobile applications for Android, iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry as well as its equally gratis desktop applications by offering five free books – valued at more than $40 – and content exclusive to the company. Beginning today, Friday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 14… Read More

  • Borders launches its own Kobo-powered e-book store

    Borders has been rather marginalized in the e-book wars thus far, not having the primacy of Amazon nor the sexy Nookiness of B&N. I liked their official e-reader, the Kobo, but until my opinion counts for points in the market, that doesn’t really improve their position. As promised, Borders is at last rolling out their e-book store today; it’s “powered by Kobo,” which… Read More

  • Borders launches the Kobo eReader and eBook store


    Borders just announced that they’re selling the Kobo eReader, an $149 ebook touted, by Wired, no less, as a Kindle killer. This device isn’t formally Border’s only ebook reader. Instead, they will sell multiple readers online and in stores and the real news is that they’re creating an ebook store that will act as their default spot on the interwebs for ebooks and… Read More

  • Borders Books online again after 7 years; plans to take on Amazon in hearts of bibliophiles

    Borders is back online after a long hiatus, and its looking to take on Amazon for the online book buying marketplace. But its got an uphill battle, with retail giant Amazon firmly in first place. Besides being huge, Amazon has features Borders can’t match, such as the Kindle eBook reader and in-book online searching. But Borders isn’t counting on high-tech to challenge Amazon… Read More