The flagship Borders store in Oxford Street is closing. I only stop by once a month or so, but still*. I hated it when the large Waterstones closed down a year or so ago, and now Borders?
But… they’re having a massive 50% off everything sale. And although some of the sections were practically bare and it was massively crowded (who knew so many Londoners love books), I came away with the following:
Alison Goodman’s “Eon: Dragoneye Reborn” (YA fantasy): I read several reviews of this when it came out a couple of months ago, and was tempted. It was hardcover though, and so I practised restraint for once. I literally danced for joy when I spotted it on the shelves. Can’t wait to read this one, especially as it’s been compared to Tamora Pierce’s books.
Richelle Mead’s “Succubus Heat” (urban fantasy): May release. Been meaning to buy, but keep forgetting.
Sarah Rees Brennan’s “The Demon’s Lexicon” (YA fantasy): OMG. This just came out to really good reviews. I grabbed this one.
Julie James’ “Practice Makes Perfect” (contemporary romance): Right, everyone loves her books and I’ve never ever read one. I figured why not.
And a couple of Suzanne Brockmann and Janet Evanovich reissues.
I could very easily have walked out with twice the number of books, but took a deep breath and told myself to stop. So yay for cheap books, boo for bookstore closures.
I can see why bookstores are fighting a losing battle though – when I got home and looked at my purchases, I figured that they would have been slightly more expensive had I ordered them online, but definitely cheaper than if I had bought them at full price on the high street. I’m not sure what the solution is – bookstores somehow have to make the in-store book-buying experience something special, something worth paying a premium for.
I know I love browsing through the Waterstones at Piccadilly’s, because of the displays and how they highlight certain books. But I only stop by if I’m in the area, I don’t go there just for Waterstones. I’m not sure how they can make the bookstore a destination store in itself.
* Hmm. Maybe that’s why.