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19 March 2012 @ 02:42 pm
Ex-Employee Writes Book about Borders Going Out of Business!  
Hi all!

I wrote a book about our beloved bookstore going out of business! It's called Sold Everywhere But Borders. It's a testament to what we all went through as employees during liquidation!

Check it out at my website everywherebutborders.com! Order a copy direct from the publisher, or you can get it on Amazon, BN, or BAM.com!

I hope you all enjoy it and can relate to it!

Current Location: New Jersey
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
ron_newman on March 19th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
the huge inline image is broken
Becca Van Der Jagt on March 20th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know what happened or how to fix it :o
ron_newman on March 21st, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
You need to edit the message to fix the URL that the <img> tag is pointing at.
blackblocpapers on March 21st, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
denardo on March 20th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
And here's a link to Becca's Sold Everywhere But Borders

My copy's on its way. i eagerly look forward to reading it..

Edited at 2012-03-20 04:30 am (UTC)
Becca Van Der Jagt on March 20th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it and can relate to it!
blackblocpapers on March 21st, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Here's the Google Books link if you want to check it out: http://books.google.com/books?id=L_1SJetHPeQC&lpg=PA1&pg=PA7#v=onepage&q&f=false

Without more to see I'm gonna wait for denardo's review - seem to be some typography issues in the online copy.
dumperofu on March 26th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I think it's great you wrote a book and all BUT that being said-you didn't really work for Borders to truly understand the downfall.

I hope someday a true veteran will write a book.
Becca Van Der Jagt on March 29th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree that a true veteran should write one! I did my best with what I had and it is a collaborative work that has contributions from many of the employees who had been there much longer than me. I hope you check it out, even if it's not from a completely veteran perspective.

Maybe you should write one!! :) I hope you will.
dumperofu on April 5th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
I actually bought it and really like it.
Becca Van Der Jagt on April 9th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
:) Thanks!! I'm really glad you ended up enjoying it :)
Gordon Freeman on March 27th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Is there anywhere I can download this for free to read on my Kobo?

You worked since June 2011? I can't see how you can write a book about a company you barely worked for. It's like writing a book about Studio 54 after getting raided by the IRS. It's like writing a book about the Titanic from the standpoint of someone stuck in the engine room and drowning. It's like a book about the Hindenburg starting with, "Oh god, I'm on fire!"

Edited at 2012-03-27 03:03 am (UTC)
Becca Van Der Jagt on March 29th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Haha I see what you're sayin' Gordon, but I did my best to include the perspectives of people who had been there much longer than me! It's a collaborative work so, it does have multiple perspectives.

There isn't a way to get it onto Kobo at this time. You can get a limited one on Google Books.

I hope you'll check it out! I was well aware of my position as a rookie, but I tried my best to do the story, of liquidation at least, justice. Maybe someone else will have to come along and write the prequel. Maybe you!
drewsnana1 on March 30th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
Hi Becca,
I worked for Waldenbooks and then Borders Express for almost 26 years. Ours was a small but happy store. We were tossed out of our space in our mall because a books-a-million wanted our spot and frankly, the mall knew we were on our way out. It was the longest, saddest, and happiest month and a half of my life. My manager and I are still hangin and the other 3 (thats right, only 3) other girls have gone on their way but we still see each other as well. What I want to do is thank you for your book. I thought it was well written and it it really hit the mark on the customers and the family like feeling that most Borders stores had. I miss the store everyday and it was good to pick up your book and read the stories that made us who we are. Thanks, Becca.

Edited at 2012-03-30 12:14 pm (UTC)
Becca Van Der Jagt on April 9th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
I really appreciate your support, drewsnana1 :) I can't tell you how much it means to me that you were able to relate to it and enjoy it :)

saultnutz on May 30th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
hey becca, congrats!!!!! thats so impressive....tons of people think about writing a book, but few actually get it done! way to go!!

ps can i get a free copy?