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R.I.P. Borders

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Wow. And just like that, it's gone.

After filing for bankruptcy in February and failing to generate interest in an auction yesterday, Borders Bookstores will close 400 of its locations nationwide, and will lay off 10,700 employees.

According to President Mike Edwards:

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Cal Ripken Jr. Signs Copies Of His Children’s Book

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Cal Ripken Jr. Signs Copies Of His Children’s Book

Make the Baseball Hall of Fame, write a children’s book. All in a days work for Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal stopped by Borders in New York yesterday to sign copies of his new children’s book Hothead . He also talked about his writing process and took photos with the crowd afterwards.

Love it!

[Image via GSI Media.]

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Borders To File For Bankruptcy

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Oh shizz!

Looks like Borders is going to file for bankruptcy, and plans to close 200 store locations! Not good, not good at all.

Our source muses on reasons why this could be happening:

"Borders has been struggling amid a digital transformation rocking the publishing and book-retailing industries. Without a meaningful Internet presence or electronic-book reader, Borders has had trouble competing with rivals Amazon.com Inc. and its popular Kindle and Barnes & Noble Inc., the largest bookstore chain that has its own e-reader, the Nook."

We feel terrible about those people about to lose their jobs, but hopefully this helps Borders find a way to turn things around and get people back in to shop!

We don't have many suggestions to help, but… maybe don't make people pay $25 for things like a copy of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 or $29 for a copy of Open Season 3 (not even blu-ray!)???

Just a thought!

What do U think? Do U own an e-reader??

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JWoww Wants You To Learn Her Rules!

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Most may not be used to seeing her without a mixed drink in one hand and a clump of Sammi Sweetheart's weave in the other, but we're here to remind you that our gurl JWoww cleans up NICE!

Check out these pics of the Jersey Shore guidette signing copies of her new book, The Rules According to JWoww, at Borders Book Store in New York (above and below)!

Looking FABOOSH, bb!

And best of luck with your book!

Hopefully it will sell a bit better than our most beloved Snooki Snickers' did!

Thoughts??

[Images via WENN.]

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Google Sells E-Books Now!

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Are hardcover copies of the collective works of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Stephenie Meyer taking up too much space in your room? Looks like Google's got a solution!

In an effort to compete with Amazon and every bookstore in the world, Google has launched Google eBooks, which will feature hundreds of thousands of titles that you can read on your computer, as well as many tablets, smartphones, and other devices.

Here's what director of strategic partnerships at Google, Tom Turvey, had to say about the new venture:

"Publishers want more competition in the marketplace, and we already have a big investment. We're trying to extend the value of content that exists in the world by enabling people to find it and buy it."

We're interested to see how this plays out, but we're a bit concerned. Is Google still going to let us search for the Barnes and Noble website? How about Borders? They're getting PRET-TY powerful!

Will U pick up eBooks on Google?

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Nicole's New York Style

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Nicole Richie has been putting on quite the fashion show while running around in New York.

The first stop for Miz Richie was at Borders bookstore to sign copies of her new book Priceless on Tuesday.

The designing author showed up 2 hours fashionably late wearing a Winter Kate "Ebony" silk velvet jacket, ripped John Eshaya skinny jeans and red Alexander McQueen skull scarf.

On Wednesday, Nicole got dressed up for her appearance on The View in a black and blue Winter Kate dress and Marc Jacobs leather jacket with black Balenciaga heels to complete the look.

Later that afternoon the future Mrs. Madden slipped into something more casual to trot around the Big Apple. Her ensemble was made up of a "Jasmine" jacket from her Winter Kate line, denim shorts and House Of Harlow "Leslie" shoes.

Way to pimp out that line, girl!

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