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Half Price Books hiring laid-off Borders staffers

August 1, 2011 |  7:42 am

Half Price Books, the brick-and-mortar bookseller that offers new and used books at discount prices, is ready to snap up newly unemployed Borders employees. "I wanted to let you know that Half Price Books would like to encourage Borders employees to apply at our stores," a company representative wrote.

That posting appears on Help Ex-Borders Employees, a blog started by two people from the literary scene concerned about what the closing of the nation's second-largest bookstore would mean for its staff. In July, a judge ordered liquidation of the remaining 399 Borders bookstores, a process that is expected to last through September. When the liquidation began, Borders had 10,700 employees.

The site Help Ex-Borders Employees hasn't quite reached the level of thousands of job offers yet, and some of the offers are more bookish than others. Site co-founder Colleen Lindsay, who works at Penguin, got some job postings from the company, including one for an ebook production manager. There are jobs listings from Scholastic, Alloy and Pearson -- and also from Nordstrom and Hickory Farms.

Half Price Books seems like a good place for former Borders staffers to land, but it can't pick up all the slack. The chain has 113 stores in 16 states -- just four in California (for now).


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Photo: Half Price Books in Lewisville, Texas. Credit: QuesterMark via Flickr