Borderlands Hits Goal

Borderlands Books in San Francisco managed to make its goal of 300 sponsors at 2:30 pm on February 21, just two days after announcing the sponsorship plan which they hoped would allow them to remain open past March 31. With their goal met, Borderlands will remain open at least through March 31, 2016, with current plans to hold another sponsorship period in early 2015.
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Borderlands Looks for New Lease on Life

After announcing at the beginning of February that Borderlands Books in San Francisco would be closing by the end of March due to a minimum wage increase, the bookstore has announced that they are hoping to stay open by selling sponsorships. If they can sell 300 annual sponsorships of $100 by March 31, they will remain open for another year, repeating the sponsorship sale each year. The sponsorships will help cover the wage increases as well as provide the store with case reserves.

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Borderlands Books Closing

San Francisco’s Borderlands Books, which has been in business for 18 years, has announced it will close its doors no later than March 31 due to an increase in the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15/hour. The financial realities of this increase and what it would mean to keep the store open are spelled out in a blog post on the website. On a personal note, enjoyed shopping at Borderlands the last time I was in San Francisco, and also enjoyed working with them the past two years at the Nebula Awards Weekends in San Jose.
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Borders Closing the Books

Borders, which has been suffering from financial set backs and earlier declared bankruptcy, failed to find a buyer. Store closings may begin as early as July 22 and will ultimately affect 10,700 employees as the last 399 Borders close. The Kobo E-reader, in which Borders had a stake, will continue to be sold and supported by Kobo. Borders plans to ask the court to appoint liquidation firms to conduct going-out-of business sales at its remaining locations.

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Ed’s Martian Book Opens

A new bookstore, Ed’s Martian Book, has opened in New York at 547 Hudson Street in the West Village. Owned by Andrew Kessler, the store only sells copies of Kessler’s book Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission, which is based on three months he spent embedded with NASA’s mission control with unprecedented access to the Phoenix Expedition in 2008. The bookstore is divided into sections such as “Staff Favorite” and “Best Seller.”

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