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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Dianne Fox
    Feb 19, 2009 @ 12:58:13

    This is probably the closest thing to a real official announcement right now. That’s the newspaper that’s local to Borders HQ.

  2. Emily
    Feb 19, 2009 @ 19:20:41

    I want to buy a CD (Johnny Thunders Too Much Junkie Business ) and a book (Bujold’s Horizon).

    Total at Amazon: $27.09
    Total at Borders: $36.88

    This is why Borders is losing money. The difference on TWO items is $9.79. And that’s only after I did an internet search for a Borders coupon which saved me $6.75 (25% off on one item).

    Also, their selection is crap, especially in the stores.

    So …. I really wonder who is still buying from Borders besides people like me who are stuck with GCs they have to burn ASAP. This is why I hate GCs.

  3. sam
    Feb 19, 2009 @ 22:13:43

    Borders is brick and mortar and amazon is not. The stores have to pay for overhead.
    Rent, electricity etc. …websites don’t. thats why theres a price difference. If borders sold the items at the same price as online they’d already have gone out of business.

  4. SonomaLass
    Feb 19, 2009 @ 22:49:56

    I prefer a b&m store for a lot of my buying. I like to browse titles and covers, and even skim a few pages of books I didn’t intend to buy. Then I often buy them. I prefer my local independent stores, but they are snobbish about some genres, especially romance. Of the two big box/chains we have locally, Borders has always had a bigger selection of pretty much every genre than Barnes & Noble. But lately, it’s obvious that Borders has problems. There are big holes on the shelves and lots of books listed as “likely in stock” that just aren’t. The last several times we’ve been there, we’ve had at least one book on our list that should have been there and wasn’t, so we came home and ordered them online instead. It’s sad when you want to shop locally and you can’t.

  5. Jessica G.
    Feb 20, 2009 @ 08:06:36

    Borders has a much better Romance selection than B&N. I like their rewards program better than B&N too ($25 for a membership? I don’t think so). I don’t go there often anymore since I got my Sony Reader, but I’m swinging by today to pick up a book (with a 40% off coupon, excellent). I love that I can reserve a book at the store without calling anyone.

  6. rob, BtG
    Mar 01, 2009 @ 21:24:22

    rest assured, Amazon has to pay their employees, both office and warehouse staff and the rent on their facilities. the real diff between big internet etailers and retailers like Borders is that a firm like Amazon continues to update systems to serve consumers. Borders, on the other hand, continues with poor selection, marketing, and losy ecommerce site.

    they’ve not kept up with tech and their customers…

  7. Michael DeSanto
    Mar 07, 2009 @ 10:16:31

    Don’t know who might see this but…as an indie owner I get what you said about the romance section…I don’t understand how we can be at all snobbish when we are trying to stay in business! As for Amazon…did you add in shipping? and don’t forget you are not paying sales tax which, in my opinion hurts our local communities way too much. And as for Amazon again, I have always been suspicious of the profits claims there. They have to pay something for the books, at least 60% of list so I have never understood how they sell something for 40-50% off. Thanks for considering this.

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