By Alvin Chow
I used to visit Borders bookstores at Wheelock Place and Parkway Parade regularly until they closed down few years ago.
I always feel smart soaking in the atmosphere of knowledge.
I prefer Borders over the rest of the bookstores because
- Every book can be flipped. Some bookstores keep the books wrapped.
- Stores are huge and almost any titles can be found.
- Periodic discounts ranging from 15-50% when you join their email list.
- Ambience and the smell of books are awesome.
Sadly, they are gone today as Borders went bankrupt (a small Borders book store exist in Jurong East today and the brand was bought over by Popular).
Borders was not the only bookstore that suffered dwindling revenue and had to withdraw the entire business.
Remember the jagged bookshelves PageOne store has at Vivocity? Gone.
How about Prologue (by Popular) at Ion Orchard? Gone.
A book reader can finally empathise with an environmentalist – their habitats are endangering.
The bigger bookstores which are still standing are Kinokuniya, MPH, Popular (and Harris) and Times. Of course there are boutique book stores like Books Actually but they are not selling books actually. They are selling an experience that is very similar to the artisan cafe movement.
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