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Just How Much Space Has Borders Opened Up?

Gabe Habash -- August 8th, 2011

In the last round of Borders’s store closings late last month, the chain shut the doors on 400 stores and had to get rid of $431 million worth of inventory. But what’s perhaps even more interesting about all these stores being vacated–and what’s sometimes lost in the discussion in favor of the whole “Print Books/Bookstores Are Dying!” lamentation–is that a lot of real estate just opened up. 6.8 million square feet, to be exact.

6.8 million square feet is the equivalent of 118 football fields, 123 White Houses, or 8 Buckingham Palaces.

Or, if you’re a big landowner, here’s a 156 acre tract of land in Wythe County, Virginia that’s the exact same amount of land that Borders has just freed up. The Virginia property will only set you back $700,000!

So, what to do with all this land? In a blog post last month, we entertained the idea that Pop-up bookstores could fill some of the stores, at least temporarily. And Books-A-Million, who didn’t pull its bid to take over the inventory and leases of 30 Borders stores until late in the chain’s liquidation process, is certainly being proactive about Borders’s store vacation: last week, three Borders stores (Bridgeport, WV; Erie, PA; Concord, NC)  were filled by Books-A-Million. Other possible occupants for the empty bookstores are the clothing store H&M and the Maine-based retail entertainment chain Bull Moose. And finally, in Tennessee, Vanderbilt’s bookstore (which is operated by Barnes & Noble) moved into a former Borders location.

Could Pop-Up Bookstores Fill Old Borders Stores?

Gabe Habash -- July 14th, 2011

With Borders looking like it’s inevitably heading toward liquidation, questions arise regarding the effect the former giant’s departure from bookselling will have on the industry, the most troubling of which, perhaps, is whether Borders’ liquidation is just an early sign that bookselling is moving toward an exclusively digital model.

But there’s one possible solution toward keeping a measure of bookstores’ physical presence–and, strangely, it coincides with Borders’ demise: what if pop-up bookstores filled old Borders stores?

First things first: pop-up bookstores, retail venues that open for a limited time, are a new idea, and they’re certainly not going to be the idea that saves brick-and-mortar.

But the most recent pop-up, Word Up in Washington Heights, just announced that it will be open for two more months.

And earlier this year, a pop-up already moved into an old Borders. For one month, Fleeting Pages filled a Pittsburgh Borders store with a mission to showcase “independent & self-published work of all kinds, book arts, workshops, events…All revolving around written self-expression.” The project held at least one event every day and resulted in the sale of 2,700 items–roughly 100 a day. According to Jodi Morrison, the brains behind Fleeting Pages, some titles sold out and she had to request more from the authors.

So while these are certainly modest beginnings, they’re still some sort of beginning. And either way, it’s nice to think that instead of letting a 24,000 square foot space sit vacant and fall apart after a bookselling giant leaves, that it could be filled with books from smaller presses and self-published books? That in the husk of Borders the physical presence of bookstores could totally shift away from the corporate to the grassroots level?

Veronica Liu, editor of Seven Stories Press and creator of Word Up, says she needs all the help she can get. On the store’s website, she’s asking for a computer, toilet paper, and towels. How can you not support that?

Photo credit: iffita

The PW Morning Report: Friday, June 3, 2011

Calvin Reid -- June 3rd, 2011

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The Long View.  Novelist Hans Keilson dies at 101.

Borders Sale? Rumors the troubled book chain may sell the bulk of its stores.

The Greatest Show on Earth? The Bookseller: “BEA is a five ring circus juggling identities.”

Libraries vs. Publishers? The Coloradan looks at the clash over library e-books.

Chi-Town is Book Town. Chicago’s annual Printers Row Literary Festival starts this weekend.

In Brightest Day. NPR looks at the transformation of the DC Universe.

Nerd Alert! Heroes Con starts this weekend in Charlotte, N.C. with Geoff Darrow, Evan Dorkin and many more comics creators.

Bitter Borders Signs

Craig Morgan Teicher -- April 13th, 2011

In the wake of Borders bankruptcy, employees of some Borders stores slated for closure have been expressing their anger and bitterness in some pretty funny point-of-purchase signs in their stores.  The blog BuzzFeed has been rounding up some of the best, including the ones above and below, and they are well worth checking out.  There’s more where these came from.

[via GalleyCat]

The PW Morning Report: Monday, March 14, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- March 14th, 2011

New Week, New Links!

Why E-books and Print Books Can Be Friends: and other bookish considerations in a post from the Millions.

Japan Earthquake: HuffPo has images of libraries damaged by the earthquake.

Frey’s Next Controversy: James Frey is about to publish–with the help of an art gallery owner–his next, and perhaps most controversial, book about an unlikely second coming. From the New York Post.

Amazon, Tax Collector: Amazon is being pressured by various states to collect sales tax, a role it does not want. From the NYT.

Borders Rethinking: The WSJ reports on Borders’ President’s plans to reconfigure Borders.

3 Min Fic: NPR checks in with its three minute fiction contest submissions.

PWxyz Goes to SXSW: In case you missed them, here’s this past weekend’s coverage of SXSW, from which PW’s Rachel Deahl and Calvin Reid reported.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, March 4, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- March 4th, 2011

Today’s links!

Lit Out Loud: The NYT runs down literary reading series in New York.

Happy National Grammar Day: It’s today.  Here are some details from the official Web site.

Price Points: British consumers expect to pay less for e-books than print books, according to Internet Retailing.

Bad Borders: The Consumerist outlines the bad deals that closing Borders have to offer.

New Tenants: Four Michigan cities say their closing Borders will find new tenants.

Advertising Nook: In order to get consumers to associate its e-reader with subway travel, Barnes & Noble will promote the Nook on subway locator app HopStop. From AdWeek.

Visual Writing: The Millions looks at how writers give visual cues to readers.

Printing Press: A story about HP’s new high-volume printing technology being used by book publishers.

The PW Morning Report: Wedesday, March 2, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- March 2nd, 2011

Today’s Links!

Why Random’s Decision Is Good News: BNET on why it’s good news that Random House has embraced the agency model.

Red in the Red: More details from The Digital Reader on the collapse of RedGroup.

Borders Australia Update: Borders Australia updates its creditors and staff on its current situation. From Quill & Quire.

National Medals: Harper Lee and other writers will receive National Arts or Humanities Medals. From Jacket Copy.

Kids’ Books UK: The Guardian introduces its new kids’ books site.

EU Probes E-book Publishers: They’re checking for anti-trust violations. From the WSJ.

What to Expect from iPad 2: TUAW rounds up the various rumors that will either be confirmed or not at today’s iPad 2 unveiling.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- February 25th, 2011

Today’s links!

Google Expands E-Book Reach: Google has started selling e-books in its online Android Marketplace. From PC Magazine.

Borders Realty: A Q&A with the realty firm retained to handle the closing of 200 Borders stores. From Chain Store Age.

Gender Bender: The Millions contemplates writing across gender.

Regan/ Kerik: The front page NYT story about whether  Roger Ailes encouraged Judith Regan to lie to Kerik investigators when he was being vetted for the homeland security secretary job.

iPad Next Week: More rumors about what we’ll see at Apple’s March 2 event. From MacRumors.

Fake Pitches: To publishers from Boston Politicians.

New British Fiction: The Guardian looks at new British fiction.

The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- February 23rd, 2011

Today’s Links!

Borders–No Big Deal: Canadian publishers say Borders’ bankruptcy won’t affect them all that much. From Quill & Quire.

Borders Ground Zero: One author recounts where she was when Borders declared filed for chapter 11: on her book tour. From HuffPo.

Borders Bargain Hunters: The LA Times reports on how the closing sales at Borders stores are drawing lots of customers.

OverDrive Demo’d: AllThingsDigital demonstrates, in a video, how OverDrive lets you check out e-books from the library and read them on your iPad or other mobile device.

There’s A New Digital Library In Town: The Internet Archive has partnered with 150 libraries to enable e-book lending. From ReadWriteWeb.

Funny: Comedian Michael Showalter explains comedy memoirs in Salon.

Saving A Bookstore: Residents of Ithaca are working to raise money to save the imperiled indie Buffalo Street Books. From the Cornell Daily Sun.

An Indie’s Last Chapter: Cover to Cover Books in Sonoma County is closing.

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- February 22nd, 2011

Today’s links!

LA Times Book Prizes: The LA Times has announced the finalists for its annual awards, plus the recipients of its honorary awards.

Marginalia: The NYT laments the impending death of writing in the margins of books.  Is that really dying?

Borders Bruising: The Washington Post reports that D.C. landlords are set to take a beating by Borders store closings.

As Franco Plays Dying: James Franco is set to film an adaptation of As I Lay Dying, reports the the London Book Fair.

Page One Files for Chapter 11: New Mexico’s Page One booksellers is filing for bankruptcy protection. From New Mexico Business Weekly.

Victor Martinez Remembered: Chicano poet and author Martinez died on 2/18. The Rumpus remembers him with this obit.

Swamplandia! Reviewed: Salon/ the B&N Review take on the buzziest book of the moment.