MIAMI ( – If you’re looking for some great deals on books, then you should check out Borders Books because liquidators are starting going-out-of-business sales Friday.

Borders went belly-up Thursday, but still has roughly between $350-400 million in unsold merchandise to sell.

Initial sales will be up to 10 percent off at local stores. Discounts will increase as inventories dwindle.

The sale packed the parking lot of the Borders Books in Kendall.

“I think it’s a shame. I think it’s another end result of the economy,” said attorney Mari Corral about the Borders closing.

The discounts had some people carrying out bags of books Friday.

“I’m always here to get kids books; and I thought I’d go crazy today,” said book lover Danielle Dipero.

The evolution of online book sales and e-book readers like the Kindle and iPad are being credited as having sparked Border’s demise. Borders was slow to embrace it, unlike their competitors. But, some people think the demise of large book stores could benefit some.

“It might be good for the kind of smaller mom and pop stores that are being pushed out by the larger national stores,” said reader Mike Litke.

Felice Dubin owns is one of those owners. She owns an independent bookstore in Coconut Grove. She may see a slight uptick in business, but said brick and mortar bookstores are going to survive.

“Even though you have iTunes you still have your CD stores,” Dubin said. “Books will never die.”

Dubin believes the bookstores just need to be on the cutting edge of technology…and have good coffee.

So what about you? Do you still buy from bookstores? Answer in the poll below.

Comments (8)
  1. Sandy says:

    Just last month, I was in Borders in Indianapolis airport and I bought a book. The lady convinced me to buy a membership at $50 – for a year’s that was supposed to include a bunch of discounts . Its only been a month, so I haven’t been back in the store. I’ve gotten no discount – I’ve received no service since purchasing the membership. So you’re telling me I just paid a vendor $50 for nothing? It will be unable to fulfill its commitment of services to me because they’re belly up??? Do they have any plan to reimburse recent membership additions ??? Do recent members have any recourse to get their $50 back?

    1. jessica says:

      To my Knowledge they were still returning those cards and fifty dollars sound like a bit much considering they were selling for twenty dollars from their introduction to the very end at least.

  2. Phil Landers says:

    In November of 1996 the Boarders in Ft. Lauderdale banned Michael Moore from a book signing for his book “Downsize This” because he was pro organized labor. Borders was high priced and low paying and karma is a . . . . .

  3. Nan says:

    Borders still more expensive than Amazon even with closing discounts. Just checked out prices on my purchases.

    1. Darths says:

      Some peolpe say If you can’t beat them, join them . I say If you can’t beat them, beat them , because they will be expecting you to join them, so you will have the element of surprise.

  4. Satesh says:

    They have craleinty overtaken hardbacks. But then hardbacks in the US are $20 and they think that’s expensive. Fellow students nearly fell over when I told them our hardbacks are $45+ and paperbacks up to $32!

  5. Yahya says:

    Bea, you are aaylws so generous, in whatever medium! Thank you for getting and reading THE STORMCHASERS. Did you get it at your Borders? My local Borders is closed now and it makes me want to cry every time I look at the building.xo,Jenna.

  6. circunvalacion de alicante says:

    You can definitely see your skills within the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.

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