Borders has announced that 200 Waldenbooks book stores are set to be closed; current Waldenbooks employees report that the company plans to trash hundreds of thousands of books. The Borders book trashing has inspired a Facebook protest.
Because of the recession, libraries, schools, civic organizations and even nations are struggling to fund reading materials. They would welcome book donations but Borders has determined that the least socially responsible course of action is better bottom line solution.
It’s not a new problem, pulping has been going on for a long time: The publishing industry makes some decent arguments for it, but in this era of on-demand printing, eBooks, and just-in-time inventory management, maybe they should rethink their business plan.