The big-box book business has begun to crumble with the bankruptcy filing of book-selling behemoth Borders. The Chapter 11 filing indicates the company is looking to restructure its debts and continue on. But as in the case of bankrupt Blockbuster, there may not be anything to restructure, with both of these old-technology companies destined for liquidation and futures of little more than Wikipedia entries chronicling each company's past glories.
Old ideas are continually destroyed by life-changing entrepreneurs who take new ideas and make all of society the better for it. Joseph Schumpeter is smiling while the equity holders of Borders stock are crying.
Once upon a time Borders increased my standard of living; now it's Amazon, shipping books to my front door. No more wasting gas and time while a girl with purple hair and a nose ring swipes my card and bags my books. For others, convenience is loading their ebooks electronically.
In the big picture, the Borders BK is a beautiful thing. As opposed to General Motors and AIG, there will be no government rescue. The fertile minds and energies of the creative class are always busy making our lives better knowing they won't be protected like government's sacred cows.
Andy Kessler has met and knows many of the creators who have shaped our lives for the better. Their successes were not guaranteed by government contracts or sweetheart deals, Kessler explains. "The cool thing about all of these folks is that no one did them any favors," Kessler writes in his new book Eat People: Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs.
Kessler has produced a few New York Times bestsellers: Wall Street Meat, Running Money, and The End of Medicine. Kessler self-published Wall Street Meat when he was told publishing a book takes a year by the traditional publishing houses. He published his novel Grumby last year, first for theKindle and then in hardcover.