Dear Borders, how we'll miss thee. Tis powerful sad that ye have left us and gone thither to that better place amongst the clouds. We'll ever keep thy memory alive in our hearts, whilst ever we buy cheaper books from Amazoneth.
As someone said, Borders used to be the only book shop in the Bullring, until all the Borders in the UK shut down operations at the end of 2009.
Back in the US, everyone had at least one part-time summer job stocking books at Borders. It was nearly a requisite of a Liberal Arts degree. Borders cafes have always been very nice, and the one in the Bullring was no exception. With lovely large cookies in various flavours, nice little tea cakes and very dependable coffee (an alternative to burnt milk in Starbucks coffee), Borders never disappoints.
You could take your purchases, or even books you hadn't purchased, into the little cafe and read for a quick quiet half an hour (not that I ever did this, no sir) whilst supping.
This Borders actually had a Starbucks attached to it, so you did have to drink burnt milk here, but nevermind, it's still a nice way to chill out.
The staff at the Bullring Borders were always very knowledgeable and helpful. As we all know, with the economy going all globalese, book shops, whether large multinational chains like Borders or small mom & pop shops, were not the most economical way to purchase books.
This eventually closed Border's doors, but we will miss thee ever, oh erudition of the Bullring.
A massive bookstore that even has a Starbucks inside it!
Could you ask for more?!
They sell a wide range of books, DVD's and CD's all at good prices that are often cheaper than Waterstones. The staff always seem to be very helpful and the service is good here. Plus downstairs they even have a few desks which people use as a sort of study area, this is quite nice.
Views of the Bullring and beyond from inside Borders are lovely as the place is so big.
I absolutely love Borders, I could browse in there for a whole afternoon. It's located insde the Bullring shopping centre but can be entered directly from outside ,as you come up the steps by St Martin's church.
It's got books of every description, I've found some great finds at christmas at a better price than waterstones. The staff are always helpful and often seem to have a genuine love for literature themselves. There is a fantastic travel section with a good range publishers on each country. (You aren't restricted to crappy AA guides and such)
The place also sells music and DVD's but the best section is the magazines. Plenty of stuff here that you'd only be able to order in at other places. Forget NME and total guitar, there must be at least 50 music magazines to choose from alone.
It's Borders - they've got a very american feel to their stores. While not quite as large range as the two Waterstones in Birmingham, they do have the more 'fun' side of books. Particular their sections for calendars, games, and kids.
They also have concessions in there for Paperchase and Starbucks.
Starbucks is the true treasure. Amazing views of the Selfridges building, St Martin's Church, and a view across Birmingham it makes an excellent venue to sit, relax, and enjoy some good coffee based drinks.
The staff are really friendly, and it feels like a Starbucks should do.
Its a definite must for any visit there.
I really like Borders, it has a nice relaxed friendly feel to it. It has a wonderful magazine and newspaper section with every title you can imagine.
There's the ever-present Starbucks but it does have a very nice view of St. Martin's. The staff are helpful and you can use the computers to search for books yourself if you want to. I like the tables and chairs so you can try before you buy, though I think some people push it a little too much - it isn't a library!
The selection isn't quite as comprehensive as Waterstone's but it feels more relaxed and I do find it better for American titles - being an American company they tend to import some US editions directly so you might find some titles not available in Waterstone's even though it has less choice. If you're a fan of American authors I'd start here.
They also tend to have quite a lot of clearance tables where you can find some bargains, though to be fair Waterstone's have an whole clearance department in the High St. branch!
Borders is great. Has a massive selection of books, also lots of interesting magazines. Love the Paperchase section, and also love the fact that there's a Starbucks. Some great gift/gadget type items by the tills as well.
Borders in Birmingham is located by the Bullring shopping centre, and has great views. I find Borders a more exciting bookstore, and often go here just to browse. They have a wide range of books, especially ones that you don't tend to see elsewhere. They also have a great anime and manga selection! Being an American company, they have many items that you won't find in the likes of Waterstones or WHSmith. They also import American magazines if you fancy something a bit different. Some great 3 for 2 offers, and also some real bargains to be had on their sale items. I even spotted Jonny Vegas in Borders once, so keep your eyes peeled for celebs!
Boarders in the Bullring is a huge asset to the shopping centre. This place is huge and has a massive selection of books, magazines, cds, stationary and a great children's section.
The Starbucks in here is brilliant - definitely head here rather than the one opposite Burger King downstairs! It's quite a hidden gem, situated at the back of the store. The view is quite good too, overlooking Birmingham.
The staff have always been really helpful when I've popped in here, and on several occasions have gone well out of my way to help me find certain items!
I've never experienced huge queues in here, even when it has been really busy. The atmosphere in this store is quite relaxed, just what you want when mooching through books.
I find it quite convenient that the store has two entrances - one into the Bullring and one near to St Martins Church.
This is a huge bookshop right in the middle of the Bullring Shopping Centre.
It sells a huge variety of things and is very handy if you are trying to find a particular magazine due to the large range that are held in stock.
Similarly priced to Waterstones it is best to look in for the offers that are often in place. There are also a number of author signings throughout the year which means you can get to meet a variety of stars.
The staff are always very willing to help you find what you want which is useful as the store signs are the clearest.
Also in stock are a number of DVDs and CDs alongside a large Paperchase outlet.
The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly in this store. They are more than willing to take you to the books you are looking for rather than just pointing at where they are! They stock a great range of books and if you can not find what you are looking for the staff will try to order it in, something they did for me recently. They also stock music and dvd these are at prices in line with other high street sellers. I signed up to the online emails and received a voucher for either 10 or 20% off in store purchases a few months ago, not too sure if they are still offering this but would be worth a look if you are planning to get some books this Christmas. The store is clean, well lit, easy to navigate and has a good feel to it.
Great store where the staff are more than willing to help you find the book that you are looking for. There are a great many book signing that take place here and its always worth checking out the website to find out up coming signings. You can sign up for the borders newsletter which will give you discounts and offers. A wide range of books. There is also a paperchase store inside as well as a cafe.
Definitely the best 'big' bookstore in Birmingham. The range is great and they're more than happened to let you sit and have a read before buying. Unlike that other big bookstore in the city centre, the childrens section is tucked away at the back with small tables and chairs so the kids can browse as well, while Mum and Dad can relax without the risk of them escaping too easily! You can even take a book into the instore Starbucks for a browse. They'll order pretty much anything for you. The magazine section is without comparison.
Gone, but not forgotten. The coffee shop had a great view over the Bullring, and there was a huge selection of magazines, but I never understood why anyone thought it was useful to have (relatively loud) music playing in the background of a bookshop!
Borders is the Bullring's only bookshop (I think), and is one of my favourite places to shop in the complex. As you'd expect, it has a lot of books. I think as far as my own shopping goes, Borders is a bit of a casualty of the rise of online shopping. Books in here will routinely cost twice what they would on Amazon, and the DVDs tend to cost twice what they would in HMV just a few feet away.
Aside from that, Borders has a great range of novelty stuff - all manner of Top Trumps cards, talking keyrings, and the sort of fun games and gift sets that are often bought as Christmas presents. But its greatest strength is its range of magazines. Absolutely brilliant selection, including a lot of American music and film mags that WH Smiths never bring in.
not the best shop ever
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