These aren't the best of times for booksellers. Sites like Craigslist and eBay's (Nasdaq: EBAY ) Half.com are giving used books new lives as trade bait.
Cry for your local hardcover retailer, but save a few special tears for Borders (NYSE: BGP ) . It can't bank on the thrifty the way closeout haven Books-a-Million (Nasdaq: BAMM ) does. It never had the strong sister concept, the way Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS ) was able to spin off GameStop (NYSE: GME ) .
Borders is betting it all -- well, nearly all -- on its namesake superstore concept, and that kind of wager is always good fodder for a Duel. I'm the bull this week. David Meier is the bear.
Is the next chapter in this Inside Value recommendation a page-turner? Read on and decide for yourself.
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Borders is an Inside Value pick. eBay and GameStop have been recommended to Stock Advisor subscribers. Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy.