As Borders Closes, 400 Fewer Places to Buy Classical Music
Friday, July 22, 2011
The bookseller Borders could begin closing the doors of its 400 stores as early as Friday. The big box retailer filed for bankruptcy protection in February, following a years-long decline brought on by the growth of online book, music, and video sales, the e-reader market, and other factors. Borders was first-and-foremost a bookstore, but it also sold quite a bit of classical music to fans who liked to leaf through its collection of orchestral and chamber music, opera, concertos, choral music, and more. In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with NPR Music writer Anastasia Tsioulcas about what the Borders liquidation means for those who sell, distribute, and listen to classical music.