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(The Consumerist)   Coming soon to a Borders near you, free Wi-Fi. Well, great, that's what we need more of in our bookstores: cheap hippies with laptops drinking coffee and discussing the importance of Keroauc. Goddammit so much   (consumerist.com) divider line 306
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2009-10-01 10:13:34 AM
Go fark yourself, anti-intellectualmitter.
 
2009-10-01 10:17:18 AM
PurplePimpSaber: Go fark yourself, anti-intellectualmitter.
 
2009-10-01 10:18:09 AM
Actually, it's more likely to be Ayn Rand. And don't know Kerouac...at least he's somewhat readable. Unlike, say, Ginsburg, Rushdie or *shudders* Ezra farking Pound
 
2009-10-01 10:18:45 AM
er, don't knock Kerouac
 
2009-10-01 10:34:14 AM
Subby feels superior sitting in the sports bar discussing baseball.
 
2009-10-01 10:36:48 AM
Because coffee shops in bookstores are known for having cheap coffee.
 
2009-10-01 10:37:11 AM
I prefer sitting in a sports bar talking about Kerouac.
 
2009-10-01 10:45:21 AM
The Borders by me closed down earlier this year, so this does me no good.
 
2009-10-01 10:47:34 AM
I'm gonna go there and use their WiFi to order stuff off of Amazon.com
 
2009-10-01 10:53:20 AM
It's cute that submitter is being snobby about shopping at Borders. Go support your local used bookstore, THEN you can look down your nose at others.

It's like someone shopping at Wal-Mart, then making fun of the people who shop there to save money.
 
2009-10-01 10:58:32 AM
patrick767: Subby feels superior sitting in the sports bar discussing baseball.

No, I like shopping at Borders and Barnes & Noble, but I hate fighting my way past those people who treat those places like they're meant for socialization; I'm sorry, but if you're there to talk loudly and goof off, go to the mall food court. And if you're sitting on the floor reading the newest Pynchon novel and look at me funny because I want to LOOK IN THE GODDAMNED SECTION, buy the book and go home. It's not a library.

/subby
 
2009-10-01 11:03:55 AM
CtrlAltDelete: I prefer sitting in a sports titty bar talking about Kerouac.
 
2009-10-01 11:04:05 AM
Blehh, Borders is dead to me. Used to be that they had an AWESOME cd section, particularly classical CD's and listening booths (that sorta worked). They chopped it to bits. So, unless I want to buy 13 different copies of Handel's Messiah, guess I'll have to shop online. :(
 
2009-10-01 11:10:05 AM
awfulperson: So, unless I want to buy 13 different copies of Handel's Messiah, guess I'll have to shop online. :(

Do you by any chance know of a good online source for used classical CDs? Is Amazon Marketplace the only game in town?
 
2009-10-01 11:12:53 AM
I love Borders. Sadly, there is none within a couple of hundred miles of me now. Unless you count Mexico.

I fondly recall hearing David Sedaris reading from one of his books in the Ft. Lauderdale Borders.
 
2009-10-01 11:14:00 AM
oldebayer: I love Borders. Sadly, there is none within a couple of hundred miles of me now. Unless you count Mexico.

I fondly recall hearing David Sedaris reading from one of his books in the Ft. Lauderdale Borders.


He's coming to Davenport in two weeks; my girlfriend got me tickets for my birthday. I'm looking forward to hearing him; I'm making her read Santaland Diaries right now, so she can be prepared.
 
2009-10-01 11:14:41 AM
The English Major
No, I like shopping at Borders and Barnes & Noble, but I hate fighting my way past those people who treat those places like they're meant for socialization; I'm sorry, but if you're there to talk loudly and goof off, go to the mall food court. And if you're sitting on the floor reading the newest Pynchon novel and look at me funny because I want to LOOK IN THE GODDAMNED SECTION, buy the book and go home. It's not a library.

You know those stores are designed to allow people to hang out there, browse, read parts of books if they like, etc.? That's why they put chairs near the shelves. It's what made the stores different than older style bookstores. Instead of saying hey, don't read that until after you buy it, they invited people to take all the time they want.
 
2009-10-01 11:17:46 AM
Those people aren't at Borders, they're in a basement of a owner operated used bookstore that has giant heaps of books with no discoverable shelving system.

God, I love places like that.
 
2009-10-01 11:18:45 AM
patrick767: The English Major
No, I like shopping at Borders and Barnes & Noble, but I hate fighting my way past those people who treat those places like they're meant for socialization; I'm sorry, but if you're there to talk loudly and goof off, go to the mall food court. And if you're sitting on the floor reading the newest Pynchon novel and look at me funny because I want to LOOK IN THE GODDAMNED SECTION, buy the book and go home. It's not a library.

You know those stores are designed to allow people to hang out there, browse, read parts of books if they like, etc.? That's why they put chairs near the shelves. It's what made the stores different than older style bookstores. Instead of saying hey, don't read that until after you buy it, they invited people to take all the time they want.


I know. I guess I'm something of a purist douchebag.

/used to work for Waldenbooks
//which is owned by Borders
 
2009-10-01 11:22:43 AM
The English Major: I know. I guess I'm something of a purist douchebag.

Yes. And your username is fitting.
 
2009-10-01 11:27:15 AM
The English Major: No, I like shopping at Borders and Barnes & Noble, but I hate fighting my way past those people who treat those places like they're meant for socialization; I'm sorry, but if you're there to talk loudly and goof off, go to the mall food court. And if you're sitting on the floor reading the newest Pynchon novel and look at me funny because I want to LOOK IN THE GODDAMNED SECTION, buy the book and go home. It's not a library.

/subby


Wow. Yeah. Shopping can be a bad experience sometimes, even in a bookstore. I do most of my bookstore shopping in my pajamas now, online. Much better. E-tail, for folks who hate social interaction.
 
2009-10-01 11:34:40 AM
what_now: Those people aren't at Borders, they're in a basement of a owner operated used bookstore that has giant heaps of books with no discoverable shelving system.

God, I love places like that.


Those kinds of places attract douche-bags like fly paper. Unhelpful, hipper-than-thou, uninformed staff debating farking Chuck Palahniuk like he's farking brilliant. Wearing their farking Hunter S. Thompson t-shirts, but when you go to ask them where you can find Fear and Loathing on the '72 campaign trail they waddle over to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and sneer at you "Did you mean this?" NO MOTHERF*CKER I MEANT WHAT I SAID! FEAR AND F*CKING LOATHING ON THE MOTHERF*CKING 1972 CAMPAIGN TRAIL HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?!?
Bunch of asshole who don't actually read, they just want to SEEM like the read. F*ckers.
 
2009-10-01 11:38:57 AM
The English Major
I know. I guess I'm something of a purist douchebag.

heh... fair enough.
/not the response I expected
 
2009-10-01 11:43:57 AM
Near us there's a Borders and a Starbucks in the same shopping center. The Starbucks has Wi-Fi, the Borders does not. The Starbucks is always full of douchebag idiots tapping away on their laptops with an empty small coffee cup next to them, taking up all the damn chairs. I swear one day I'm going to go in there, hop online with my laptop, and just sniff the traffic and forge RST packets for each and every connection. Let's see how long they hang around.

Borders, on the other hand, has people who will get their coffee, maybe read and study for a bit, and then FARKING LEAVE without hogging the damn tables.
 
2009-10-01 11:43:58 AM
Barbigazi: Those kinds of places attract douche-bags like fly paper. Unhelpful, hipper-than-thou, uninformed staff debating farking Chuck Palahniuk like he's farking brilliant. Wearing their farking Hunter S. Thompson t-shirts, but when you go to ask them where you can find Fear and Loathing on the '72 campaign trail they waddle over to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and sneer at you "Did you mean this?" NO MOTHERF*CKER I MEANT WHAT I SAID! FEAR AND F*CKING LOATHING ON THE MOTHERF*CKING 1972 CAMPAIGN TRAIL HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?!?
Bunch of asshole who don't actually read, they just want to SEEM like the read. F*ckers.


Yeah, but I love books. I ignore the people, and happily pick through the shelves that have a book about life in Elizabethan England next to a book on Gettysburg next to a feminist cookbook.

It's a WONDERFUL place to kill an hour or two.
 
2009-10-01 11:45:34 AM
We have no medical personnel at our local store, so we call it Borders Without Doctors.
 
2009-10-01 11:47:55 AM
the_rev: CtrlAltDelete: I prefer sitting in a sports titty bar talking about Kerouac.

Titty-tat, Kerouac. Give the dog a bone.
 
2009-10-01 11:48:24 AM
patrick767: The English Major
No, I like shopping at Borders and Barnes & Noble, but I hate fighting my way past those people who treat those places like they're meant for socialization; I'm sorry, but if you're there to talk loudly and goof off, go to the mall food court. And if you're sitting on the floor reading the newest Pynchon novel and look at me funny because I want to LOOK IN THE GODDAMNED SECTION, buy the book and go home. It's not a library.

You know those stores are designed to allow people to hang out there, browse, read parts of books if they like, etc.? That's why they put chairs near the shelves. It's what made the stores different than older style bookstores. Instead of saying hey, don't read that until after you buy it, they invited people to take all the time they want.


Tell those dumbasses sitting on the floor to use the farking chairs
 
2009-10-01 11:48:29 AM
CtrlAltDelete: I prefer sitting in a sports bar talking about Kerouac.

I prefer sitting in strip clubs talking about Kerouac.
 
2009-10-01 11:48:51 AM
People that sit in coffee shops with their laptops "working" are the worst sort of people.

/ Lit major
 
2009-10-01 11:49:07 AM
*shakes tiny penis at Donnchadha*
 
2009-10-01 11:49:51 AM
Well with the Google books thing going, we can get all the books they are selling for nothing. Works for me, when I am homeless i will just hang out there to charge the laptop and free wireless.
 
2009-10-01 11:50:18 AM
I went to a B&N for the first time in years this past weekend. I thumbed through the book that I was interested in to make sure that I wanted it and then ordered the book from Amazon while still in the store via my phone. Then just for fun I walked past a couple of other potential customers and pointed out that Amazon had their books for the half the price as well.
 
2009-10-01 11:50:53 AM
IgG4: I'm gonna go there and use their WiFi to order stuff off of Amazon.com

I like your thinking.
 
2009-10-01 11:51:11 AM
I think it's a good idea... the tables are usually mostly empty at the borders near me, and by having customers with longer loiter times, they'll sell more high-margin products like coffee and drinks, even if they don't substantially increase their book sales.
 
2009-10-01 11:52:23 AM
Kerouac? Isn't he a bit outdated? I thought the guy to talk about was Bukowski.
 
2009-10-01 11:53:16 AM
Barbigazi: what_now: Those people aren't at Borders, they're in a basement of a owner operated used bookstore that has giant heaps of books with no discoverable shelving system.

God, I love places like that.

Those kinds of places attract douche-bags like fly paper. Unhelpful, hipper-than-thou, uninformed staff debating farking Chuck Palahniuk like he's farking brilliant. Wearing their farking Hunter S. Thompson t-shirts, but when you go to ask them where you can find Fear and Loathing on the '72 campaign trail they waddle over to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and sneer at you "Did you mean this?" NO MOTHERF*CKER I MEANT WHAT I SAID! FEAR AND F*CKING LOATHING ON THE MOTHERF*CKING 1972 CAMPAIGN TRAIL HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?!?
Bunch of asshole who don't actually read, they just want to SEEM like the read. F*ckers.


We have a place like what_now is describing where I grew up in L.A. (Lower Alabama). There definitely weren't any hipster or hippie douchebags, just a bunch of people who loved books. The overweight redneck women who ran the place actually looked like the kind to wash themselves with a rag on a stick but good God did they have an awesome book collection. That place was one of the few reasons I didn't end up offing myself while stuck in that hillbilly hell.
 
2009-10-01 11:53:24 AM
Ringtailed79: Tell those dumbasses sitting on the floor to use the farking chairs

But you get to see their plumber's crack if they're sitting on the floor.
 
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2009-10-01 11:54:54 AM
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was it in colorado?
 
2009-10-01 11:55:12 AM
what_now: Yeah, but I love books. I ignore the people, and happily pick through the shelves that have a book about life in Elizabethan England next to a book on Gettysburg next to a feminist cookbook.

It's a WONDERFUL place to kill an hour or two.


I like books too...but I also like organization. The used book stores are fun and all if I have time to kill. But I often am looking for something in particular, and if I can't find it the bookstore it's pretty useless to me.

I really wish I could find a good foreign language bookstore by me though. So far Boston Public Library has the best selection, by far....and it's not that great.
 
2009-10-01 11:56:45 AM
boko: Barbigazi: what_now: Those people aren't at Borders, they're in a basement of a owner operated used bookstore that has giant heaps of books with no discoverable shelving system.

God, I love places like that.

Those kinds of places attract douche-bags like fly paper. Unhelpful, hipper-than-thou, uninformed staff debating farking Chuck Palahniuk like he's farking brilliant. Wearing their farking Hunter S. Thompson t-shirts, but when you go to ask them where you can find Fear and Loathing on the '72 campaign trail they waddle over to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and sneer at you "Did you mean this?" NO MOTHERF*CKER I MEANT WHAT I SAID! FEAR AND F*CKING LOATHING ON THE MOTHERF*CKING 1972 CAMPAIGN TRAIL HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?!?
Bunch of asshole who don't actually read, they just want to SEEM like the read. F*ckers.

We have a place like what_now is describing where I grew up in L.A. (Lower Alabama). There definitely weren't any hipster or hippie douchebags, just a bunch of people who loved books. The overweight redneck women who ran the place actually looked like the kind to wash themselves with a rag on a stick but good God did they have an awesome book collection. That place was one of the few reasons I didn't end up offing myself while stuck in that hillbilly hell.


Yeah, I'm referring specifically to the Strand in NYC, but that shiat will happen any place where you have a college.
 
2009-10-01 11:56:48 AM
I typically go to Borders once a month to pick up a copy of Internet Tough Guy Magazine. When I arrive I find the nearest hipster and slap the coffee out of his hand, snatch his iPhone and give it a hard toss into the nearest wall. That usually sets the tone for the rest of my shopping experience and they tend to give me a wide berth while conducting my buisness.
 
2009-10-01 11:57:18 AM
The English Major: patrick767: Subby feels superior sitting in the sports bar discussing baseball.

No, I like shopping at Borders and Barnes & Noble, but I hate fighting my way past those people who treat those places like they're meant for socialization; I'm sorry, but if you're there to talk loudly and goof off, go to the mall food court. And if you're sitting on the floor reading the newest Pynchon novel and look at me funny because I want to LOOK IN THE GODDAMNED SECTION, buy the book and go home. It's not a library.

/subby


I hate fighting my way past people like you when I'm trying to get some cheap Thai food. If you're there to talk loudly and goof off, go to the bookstore.
 
2009-10-01 11:57:19 AM
the_rev: CtrlAltDelete: I prefer sitting in a sports titty bar talking about Kerouac titties.
 
2009-10-01 11:58:53 AM
Barnes & Noble started free wifi weeks ago. Anything to bring people into the stores and keep them there.

/don't read books, just magazines
 
2009-10-01 11:59:00 AM
I'll be at a strip club with Jack Kerouac in 26 minutes.


He's dead?
 
2009-10-01 11:59:00 AM
Offer Absinthe and you got yourself a world class meeting of philosophers.
 
2009-10-01 11:59:05 AM
Hippies don't have laptops
 
2009-10-01 11:59:11 AM
fizzix_is_fun: I really wish I could find a good foreign language bookstore by me though. So far Boston Public Library has the best selection, by far....and it's not that great.

Come to Cambridge. We have Schoenhofs. And pie.

The biggest selection of foreign books in North America.
 
2009-10-01 11:59:29 AM
ITT: A bunch of assholes.
 
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