The new community will be one of the centerpieces of the Borders.com site, the companies said. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.
Talk City said it will work with Borders.com on a full spectrum of community
activities such as moderated chats, live auditorium events featuring special
guest authors, actors, directors, artists and other celebrities, discussion
groups, online educational entertainment and professional activities, message
boards and free home pages.
Chat room topic areas will include Borders NetCafe, Kidz Korner, Reel Talk,
Literatzi-Lobby and Sci-Fi.
“Community is one of Borders’ core values. The combination of daily in-store
events, the Borders Cafe and our ongoing dedication to customizing each
store’s selection based on community preferences has made our retail stores
gathering spots in cities across the U.S.,” said Rick Vanzura, senior vice
president of e-commerce and fulfillment at Borders Group.
“We are committed to making the NetCafe area of Borders.com an online
destination for book, music and film enthusiasts around the world to come
together, share their passions with others and chat with authors, musicians
and film personalities. Talk City is a natural partner for us in this effort.”
Borders operates more than 200 superstores offering what is widely regarded as the broadest book and media assortment in the industry; Waldenbooks, the
United States’ leading mall book retailer, which operates over 900 stores
serving all 50 states; Borders Online Inc., the company’s e-commerce service
operating under the domain name Borders.com; and Books, etc., Ltd., a leading
retailer of books in the United Kingdom operating 23 stores.