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Why Aren't People More Upset that Borders is Closing?

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Last night, Jon Stewart chimed in on the conversation about Borders' bankruptcy and nationwide closure, introducing the segment with the quip: "Books: You might know them as the thing Amazon tells you ‘you might be interested in’ when you’re buying DVDs." The New Yorker takes a look at the non-hysteria surrounding the demise of one of the United States' largest bookstore chains—yeah, why don't people care more?

Is it because people who champion bookstores probably weren’t too pleased to see big-box versions destroy the little guys in the first place? Commenting on the fallout of the closures last month, Ian wrote, “Maybe the independent bookstores that have held out during Borders’ forty-year run will now benefit from the closing, and, a larger point, reemerge as the primary model for selling printed books to a dwindling but dedicated niche audience.”
Are you upset that Borders is closing its doors? Sound off in the comments.
· Borders goes out of business [The Daily Show]
· Goodbye Borders, we'll miss you [The New Yorker]