The best book shop in York, mch better than Waterstones. Borders is in an interesting building with sections for all the ranges of books, DVDs and CDs you could possibly want. They have a children's section and often have visiting authors for book signings.
My favourite section is the Paperchase stationery range, which sells funky stationery that makes fabulous gifts, as well as really cool cards.
There's also a Starbucks, which is probably the quietest in York and is interesting because the cafe is situated on the first floor around a gallery and you can look down into the shop.
There's a relaxed feel to Borders, they don't mind you browsing and the Starbucks staff don't mind you sitting around for ages as long as they're not busy. The shop's open earlier than other shops and shuts later too so you get people going there before and after work.
An absolutely massive Borders shop, on levels which stretch backwards for quite some distance, giving it an incredible amount of shop floor space. The layout compliments the quirky building that it occupies, and gives it a proper atmosphere, unlike some of the other more warehouse-like bookshops I've been in. The cafe towards the back is in a lovely setting, and is very comfortable. It's sensibly arranged and even contains a little PaperChase stationary area.
My main problem with every Borders shop, including this one, is that it is simply overpriced. Pretty much every single item in the store, you could buy online, with free delivery, for less money than Borders charge. When Borders have one of their red sticker sales on, you can still be sure that the prices they're asking for will be higher than you'll find online if you're willing to check Amazon, HMV.com and Play.com.
I guess there must be a lot of people willing to spend more money in order to get the book/CD/DVD they want today rather than waiting a couple of days for it, but personally, while I do like Borders, I never end up buying anything there. I'll browse there and then buy online. Sorry Mr Borders.
A really great Borders over several floors with a massive range of Books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and even a Starbucks cafe up on the top floor where you can sit and enjoy a coffee whilst reading!
It is spacious and ambient with plenty of places ot sit and read should you wish to!
The ground floor is more or less devoted to Fiction books and magazines. The till area is at the fornt of the store, there are plenty of tills so the service is always quick and easy.
This first floor is devoted to non-fiction, music and DVD sections. You do have to take anything you want back downstairs to pay though as there are no tills up there.
There's also a really good big Children's section on the first floor.
The staff here are great, really helpful and knowledgable!
Borders are typically good book shops regardless of there location.
However this is my least favourite. The shop layout is awkward and the range of titles does not match their other stores.
However, in my opinion its still the best bookshop in York. The staff are very helpful and will order entitles if they do not stock them.
I would like to praise Borders for providing a pleasurable book-browsing experience, with DVDs and music on the upper floor too, but also for it's tranquil and quirky café right at the top of the huge, old building. Ok, it may be a Starbuck's, but what better place to sit and drink than in a quiet bookshop, overlooking other browsers. Border's café in fact has a hole in the middle of the floor, enabling you to observe the people below. Arranged around the gallery are the usual squidgy sofas and tables, and a rather charming clock, which though it won't let you know when your lunch break is over, it certainly has other values.
Borders has now closed down but it was one of my favourite shops ever! It was a huge modern book shop, and I love books. It was so well laid out with big sections for each genre and there was also a Paperchase and a Starbucks in the store. It was a bit pricey which I guess, coupled with a massive building to maintain was what caused it to be sadly shut down. I miss it a lot!
my favourite book store in York, even if it is a huge chain store, mainly because of the large childrens books section, lots of space to sit and choose books, we can usually find everything we want - vast Enid Blyton section. This store also has a Paperchase concession, great stationery and gimmicky things (some great flocked reindeers especially for Christmas - but I digress). Also a Starbucks on the top floor, I think in an old Methodist Chapel but could be wrong. The staff here, unlike other Starbucks I have visited are usually friendly and efficient and don't get the orders wrong - lovely squashy sofa's here too.
This store is really fabulous! it has every book you could imagine and even if they don;t have it in they can order it for you! The staff are really plesant and helpful. there are seats all around, so you can have a sit and read if you wanted to! There is also a great cafe upstairs too. recommended!
I miss borders, so very very much, the only big shop to open untill 8, a paperchase in the back, a starbucks at the top, really well priced, plenty of offers on, the other bookshops in York just dont compare
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