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As we all suspected, Borders will be liquidating. All the 399 remaining stores will be shutting down by the end of September, and the liquidations likely begin at the end of this week. Kind of sad. That leaves us with B&N, Books-a-Million, a dwindling supply of small regional chains and mom & pop stores, and the Internet. It won’t be much harder to actually acquire books (Amazon is still your friend, after all), but it does mean that an important piece of bookish “culture” and community will be gone. Alas.

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