Our downtown Borders is closing. Too bad, bookstores are wonderful places — not to mention, it’s a blow to the singer-songwriter circuit, whose members could always count on Borders gigs to boost sales.

But in past years, I didn’t go to Borders to buy books. I bought greeting cards and gifts, but not books. It was too expensive compared to Amazon. I would have been just as happy to transfer my online book-buying habit to Borders, but they didn’t try to compete. (And yes, I know I “should” be buying from Powell’s, but oh well. I shouldn’t be eating TastyKakes, either.)