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21 September 2011 @ 09:32 am
So who is fulfilling orders at Borders.com ....  
now that the stores are all closed and the company has liquidated? I'm surprised the website is still up and selling books (and eBooks, and even Kobo Touch eReaders).
(Anonymous) on September 21st, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
I believe B&N acquired the .com and intellectual properties (ie rewards cards info).
ron_newman on September 21st, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
I don't think that has been approved by the bankruptcy court yet (though I'm sure it will be), and does B&N really want to sell Kobo eReaders and eBooks? ETA: Looks like the hearing to approve the sale to B&N has been delayed until Thursday 9/22.

If someone foolishly still has an unspent Borders gift card balance, I suppose it could be used up here.

Edited at 2011-09-21 05:52 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
I thought according to BR's privacy policy our information was private and never going to be sold?
ron_newman on September 22nd, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Bankruptcy proceedings may trump this. But see the article I linked elsewhere: Privacy terms throw snag in B&N-Borders IP deal.

Edited at 2011-09-22 09:28 pm (UTC)
blackblocpapers on September 21st, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Fulfillment was pretty much through Ingram and B&T for most products, right? Probably not a lot of Borders-run infrastructure to shut down there; Borders just sent the order info on to the distributor.

But, yeah, odd to see it up and looking semi-normal.

The eReader (not eBook) and "Book Accessories" categories appear to have been taken off, so maybe the website will just keep shedding digits and limbs, like an aging zombie.
ron_newman on September 21st, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
eReader is still there -- in fact it's featured on the front page, with a display ad that leads to this page.

"Introducing the ALL-NEW
Kobo™ eReader Touch Edition
$99 - One Week Only! ends 9/27"

That's "one week" that began after all the stores had closed.

There are also still categories for Music and Movies, including some new releases.

Edited at 2011-09-21 05:43 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on September 21st, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, "borders.com" was (still is?) just a shell on top of Baker & Taylor as the wholesaler. The orders didn't come from Borders DCs. I assume once the sale to B&N is approved (to take the Borders trademarks out of circulation), the site will cease to function, and the URL will redirect to BN.com
(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Someone in the Facebook group said Ingram was fulfilling the orders. This was before B&N bought the site; don’t know who is doing it now.

I expect it will simply start redirecting to B&N’s site at some point.

I see “Game Over” by James Patterson is new this week. Fitting.
ron_newman on September 22nd, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
Privacy terms throw snag in B&N-Borders IP deal. This could explain the delay in the court hearing to approve the deal.
(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Boycott Big Box Bookstores! Support Indie Bookstores!

(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)

Good Post ...for 1995.
(Anonymous) on September 23rd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sure, just first you have to find one that has what you're looking for.
ron_newman on September 23rd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Powell's in Portland, Oregon, probably has everything. Where I live, we have Porter Square Books, Harvard Book Store, Brookline Booksmith, and Trident Books.

Edited at 2011-09-23 08:46 pm (UTC)