“A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs. Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine.”
You don’t, but that’s been true since Amazon started up years ago. And Borders were never as nice as Barnes & Noble stores, and so far B&N seem to be doing just fine.
In response to the randy reverend’s son, it should be noted, one, that the buggy whip industry went away a long time ago thanks to technological improvements. That happens in a world where luddites don’t rule. And it should also be noted that Borders book stores have been in financial trouble for years, mainly because they failed to adapt to the internet. The iPad wasn’t a glimmer in Jobs’ eye when Borders’ fate was sealed.