First I would like to point out that the latter company named in the title of this post has no ‘s’ at the end of it. It’s not called Barnes and Nobles. To all the idiots who call it by said name: You’re wrong. Stop it. Bad dog.
Now to the actual post: I like Borders better than B and N. I feel like their history section (the section I make a beeline for as soon as I walk in) is better organized than B and N. The last time I voluntarily went to a B and N the entire history section was organized purely by author’s last name. Borders, on the other hand, has their history section organized by time period/area of study THEN by author’s last name. Brilliant. If I know what book I’m looking for it takes me 2 seconds to locate and buy said book at Borders. To be fair if I knew what I was looking to buy when I walked in, it would also take me 2 seconds in Barnes and Noble. However, the difference is when I go in to browse. When I read about history I don’t want to read about things such as the feminist movement in Belgium or Ho Chi Minh’s pet dog. While these topics could be interesting, I don’t care for them and they should be segregated to their own little section and stay away from my ‘Early American’ and ‘Naval’ History. I’m sorry but the biography of Vice Admiral of the White The Right Honourable Horatio, Viscount Nelson, Knight of the Most Honourable Order of Bath should not be next to some historians take on the conquests of Genghis Khan. I want to peruse the books that fall in my area of interest/study.
Sadly, I found out today that all Borders will be closing. I really am sad about this because I loved going to Borders for hours on end and look for books that I’d like to buy at some point in the future. Now I have to settle for Barnes and Noble.
To fellow bibliophiles: GO BUY CHEAP BOOKS!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!