I'm late in posting today because my laptop blew up Wednesday. I dropped it off at my computer guru's tiny shop yesterday morning and got it back today. He always adds new things to the laptop while he's playing with it so it came back fixed AND improved.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported on the model for the new Borders store, saying the bookchain "unveiled a new concept on Wednesday -- a store where shoppers can mix and burn CDs, explore their genealogies and even publish their own novels."
The new model is intended to help the #2 bookseller to turn around its lackluster performance. Reuters says the plan is to "refocus on its core U.S. store operations."
The new-style Borders store, which features additional seating, is in Ann Arbor. According to yesterday's Publishers Lunch, "The biggest change is their Digital Center, outfitted with computer workstations and a promise 'we'll show you how' with the help of knowledgeable staff. Borders wants customers to buy music for download (to non-Apple players) and custom-burned CDs; print out digital photos and create their own photo books; self-publish through a 'personal publishing' program in conjunction with Lulu.com; research their family history through 'genealogy services' from Ancestry.com; and buy Sony Readers and download e-books."
Read the Reuters' story here.